March 22, 2012

How to find downtime for your kids

It’s now the norm for children to be scheduled for practices, lessons and studying...

It’s now the norm for children to be scheduled for practices, lessons and studying in all their time outside of school. Even on weekends and summer breaks, kids today live with a lot of structure—enough to stress even the most disciplined adult.

It’s likely that your children need downtime: time to look out the window, play, daydream, ask questions, or even be bored. It’s time for them to get the quiet time they need. We live in an age where every moment can allow for input, whether it be from a karate instructor, or an iPad. Children rarely have quiet time.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “children need an hour of downtime a day.” Here are some ways to find that time:

Unplug: Having time away from the computer and cellphones, encourages children to observe the world around them. Observation builds awareness and sensitivity.

Accept boredom: It’s easy to forget that there were times when you couldn’t call up a movie or TV show on demand. Back then, we had to call upon our creativity and imagination to entertain ourselves. Give your kids that gift.

Lead by example: If you’re not getting any downtime, you’re showing your children that it’s not important or valuable. Read a book or spend a little time ‘doing nothing.’

No matter how busy you are, you’ll create downtime time for your kids, if you understand it’s healthy for their minds and bodies.

For decades, Bolton Furniture has created kids furniture that highlights socializing, imagination and play. Our low-loft beds are the perfect example of how the work we do puts your kids first.

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