- In boredom, they discover who they really are
Researchers say boredom provides an inner quiet that helps children with self-awareness. “Kids need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves.” (Dr. Vanessa Lapointe) If the surrounding around them is too loud or filled with distractions, they never achieve this state of quietness. Hence, once every now and then, it is good for them to be their own company without any gadget to distract them.
- Children develop important life skills when they have to come up with solutions to boredom
Child development experts advise parents not to rush in with ready-made solutions. If a child has access to safe and educational apparatus, non-gadget play stuff, stationery, and creative material, he can be trusted to call his shots. Whatever the calling, he will eventually grab some raw material and build it into something worthy.
- Imaginative and creative processes stimulate interests that stay with the child for life
Some of the most significant discoveries are made during child’s play. Parents and educationists just need to have two things: patience and appreciation of the imperfect. Kids learn about their likings and hobbies that they would love to pursue when they are granted their own quiet space. Later in life, many of these kids convert their inner passionate interests into their careers.
- They learn to rely on themselves
Due to the excessive presence of an adult’s recommendations, kids do not trust themselves to make sound decisions. That doesn’t mean that children will not make faulty decisions. It simply means that if adults around them are accommodating enough to accept those wrong judgements, kids will be courageous enough to keep trying and discovering new stuff about themselves and the surrounding they interact with. Their reliance on self will increase, which will eventually result in a high self-esteem, too.
- They have an opportunity to connect with their Fitrah
Parents complain about hyperactive kids who do not listen to them, misbehave, and are unable to focus on anything for long. According to Imam Ghazali, a child who is born on Fitrah (of connectedness) is like an uncut diamond. It is the parent’s responsibility to cut, shape, and polish their child’s soul until it becomes a glitteringly beautiful jewel, pleasing to the eyes of Allah (swt). For that, the Khair and abilities that have been placed within him need to be unleashed. Naturally, it means that you should not provide anti-Fitrah past times or games to the kid in his solitude. Let him select from the healthy choices around him, subtly provided by your design.