This is the seventh part in an eight-part blog series, Seven Simple Solutions to Smarter, Less Stressed Kids. Each post contains one new solution to help families grow together and help improve academic performance.
DID YOU KNOW?
In our busy world, over-scheduling and over-stimulating our children may be hindering their intelligence rather than helping. Many of the world’s greatest discoveries happened during relaxed states. Albert Einstein came up with the theory of relativity when daydreaming while doing repetitive work at a patent office. James Watson claims his sudden insight during a good night’s sleep lead to the discovery of the double-helix, our DNA. Isaac Newton is said to have come up with his theory of gravity after seeing an apple fall from a tree while lounging in his mother’s garden.
Our natural state is to be creative; we need to give children time to access their natural states and find their gifts. While children are young, parents should provide free play opportunities in safe, print- and material-rich environments, that foster elements of observation and creativity. By age four, a child’s brain is 50% developed; by the teenage years, 80% of the brain is developed. Instead of constantly making sure your child is “doing something productive,” give them time to themselves…and watch the amazing ways they will use that time.
At least once each day, set aside Free Play time for your children.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN