Educators and parents often hear the words, “I’m bored”. I would like to encourage all of us to take another look at how we see boredom and how it relates to curiosity. Curiosity is defined as a state of active interest or genuinely wanting to know more about something. It allows us to embrace unfamiliar situations and gives us a greater opportunity to experience the joy of discovery. As both a teacher and a parent, I find the advice from Todd Kashdan to be very helpful.
Six Ways for Parents to Cultivate Strong, Curious, Creative Children
By Todd Kashdan, PhD
One thing is certain: for the vast majority of young children, curiosity comes naturally because so much of the world is foreign to them. But there are obstacles. Faced with the unusual, unknown, unfamiliar, and uncertain, children might feel curious, they might feel anxious, or a little of both.Consider our child’s first innocent romantic crush. Doodling pictures of hearts. Etching initials into the bark of trees. Daydreams of giggling bodies rolling down hills in unison. Read entire article.
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