Why daydreaming is good for your child

Don't worry if your child has a tendency to drift off into the occasional reverie - it's very healthy for them! Here we explain why...

Why daydreaming is good for your child

Daydreaming is the stream of consciousness that detaches from current external tasks when attention drifts to a more personal and internal direction. Daydreaming not only boosts creativity and problem-solving skills, but it also help you concentrate and focus on a specific task. It helps your mind wander to thoughts and areas that it might not wander if you had not set aside time for daydreaming.  For children, daydreaming can help them create, practice, and process dialogues they may have with others.

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Here’s why a little daydreaming has powerful effects or young minds…

  1. Daydreaming occupies as much as one-third of our lives and the average thought lasts 14 seconds. We often think of daydreamers as those who are not engaged in the world – and often it’s true that children who daydream do forget to do chores, homework or pay attention in class. But we should never stop them – we should encourage daydreaming but provide specific parameters in which daydreaming is permitted.
  2. Daydreaming rejuvenates the mind and by allowing kids minds to wander provides rest and relief from draining tasks. Which may explain why they do tend to do it in class. It can occupy more complex areas of the brain than previously thought, so much so that to solve a difficult problem it may be better for your child to switch to a simpler task and let their mind wander.
  3. Studies have shown that daydreamers did better in tests and problem-solving tasks. By imagining what might happen or possible outcomes to a problem, kids learn how to work through dilemmas as a sort of practice run in their mind. As, many psychologists agree that daydreaming can actually help you become organised, focused and able to ‘rehearse’ important situations for the future.
  4. It can help reduce anxiety. Daydreaming children can ‘imagine’ themselves doing something that may be working them – such as speaking in front of whole class or scoring that winning goal on the football field. Imagining these scenarios in their mind, means children actually lower their fears, concerns and worries.
  5. It can increase their creativity and further inspires their imaginations. Children who are allowed time to think without distractions develop vivid and entertaining imaginations – by entering into those inner unknown realms can help spark creativity and help them formulate ideas. Be that while playing, reading, telling stories or in creative arts.
  6. While daydreaming entertains the child himself, it also can entertain classmates, siblings and a wider world. The world would be a much poorer place without daydreamers. Remember, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and Walt Disney were all big daydreamers, and their daydreams went on to change the world!
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