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Why Boredom is Sometimes Good for Kids

As a parent, one of the things I feared was when my kids get bored. So, I had toys, educational cartoons and nursery rhymes ready on standby for the minute my kids start to complain about boredom.

I thought that I if I kept my kids entertained and far away from the clutches of boredom, it would be for their own good. That was until I learned that boredom was actually good for my kids.

You may find it hard to believe. I know I had a hard time believing it too. But after experimenting it on my kids, I saw that my kids were more capable than I thought at handling boredom and using it for good.

 

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Here are some reasons why boredom is sometimes good for your kids.

 

Boredom boosts creativity

As adults we know that creativity is something that is highly appreciated while building a career. So why not start helping our kids develop that skill right now?

Studies have shown that people get creative when they are bored. Boredom helps kids get to exercise their ability to imagine. This helps to spark their creativity and develop the skill to be creative which is what they will need when they grow to be adults.

Kids have powerful imaginations and boredom gives them that space to exercise their muscle to imagine.

 

Boredom helps kids shape their world views

Sometimes kids give the most profound insights. And when asked where they got those ideas from, they say they came up with it themselves or deduced it from what they observed.

I remember a kid running to tell his mother that seeking happiness is what makes life worthwhile. I found this shocking because that piece of insight is something you would never expect a child to come up with.

Boredom gets kids thinking. That period when boredom strikes could be the best time for your kids to come up with thoughts and ideas that will help shape their world views. Sometimes having that reflective moment helps kids process what they learn and produce ideas that will help them when they grow up.

 

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Boredom helps kids to start taking responsibility over their life

This may seem like a big one, but boredom could be just the thing your child needs to start taking control over their life. Let’s face it: You won’t always be around to entertain your kids. When you allow them to get bored, they’ll find ways to entertain themselves.

They also start to learn that they need to be there for themselves and motivate themselves. Hovering around your kids trying your best to entertain them when they’re bored only teaches them that they’re the centre of the world. This could turn your kids into being selfish and even narcissistic several years down the line. This, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play with your kids. What I mean is that you should also give your kids the chance to figure a way around boredom by themselves.

Allowing them to handle problems like boredom on their own, teaches them that they have what it takes to change a negative situation around for the better. And nothing teaches that better than kids experiencing it themselves.

 

 

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Read One Book a Week Challenge

Last year, I set a target for myself to read a book a week. I didn’t smash my target, but I read many books. This year, I am making sure I hit my read a book a week challenge do. My plan is to read 1 week a week on my Amazon Kindle, and I am currently smashing it. I am currently reading my 4th book for the year 2019!

 

Week 1 – You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want

Reading this book by Jesse Meecham was a great way to start the year and get my finance priorities straight. If you need some help managing a budget, then this book is the one for you. It was great read.

 

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Week 2 – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together: How to Run Your Business Without Letting it Run You

I read this book in the second week of January. It is a great book, lovely to business owners. This book written by Sherry Walling and Rob Walling. It is full of tips to help your business thrive. If you need to read a business book this month, read this.

 

Week 3 – The Sisters of Battle Road: The Extraordinary True Story of Six Sisters Evacuated from Wartime London

I read this book some days ago. It is a wartime book and I found the story of the Jarmen sisters very intriguing. I have always been curious about world war period and how life was for the people back then. I finished this book within a few days.

 

Week 4 – Gaslighting: How to recognise manipulative and emotionally abusive people and break free

This is the book I am currently reading. I downloading it on my Kindle some days ago, and I am currently loving it. Stephanie Sarkis has done an amazing job with this book. It is full of wisdom and so easy to read. If you are interested in mental health and psychology books, then this book is what you need.

 

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I am excited about this read a book a week challenge. Reading is one of my many loves. I think it is a great way to improve my creativity, relax and educate myself.

I will be sharing what I am reading on Twitter and my Facebook page every week, so look out for the updates.

 

What book are you currently reading? Please share in the comments section.

 

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How to Deal with Toxic People and Protect your Mental Health

Toxic people are everywhere so you will come in contact with a few at some point in your life. We have them in schools, offices, families, communities and even in churches. If you are a healthy person, you will find dealing with toxic people draining. I know from experience how draining they can be. Toxic people can drain the life out of you, that undergoing therapy may be the only to regain your sanity.

I have had my own fair share of dealing with toxic people and situations. And I still spot them every now and again. They are everywhere, which makes it almost impossible to completely avoid them. Which is why it is important to know how to deal with toxic people, and protect your mental health.

 

 

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Who are toxic people?

Toxic People are like emotional vampires that drain your energy. They are the people in your life who constantly complain about everything and anything. These people always put the blame on someone else and never take responsibility for their actions or inactions.

Toxic People always turn things around so things you thought they had done wrong are suddenly your fault. They also tend to overreact to bad events and usually have a chaotic life, full of drama and negativity.

 

How do you deal with toxic people?

Dealing with toxic people is quite easy once you know who they are. The first task is identifying the toxic in your life. Once that is done, you will be able to recognise them for what they really are, and ignore their negative energy.

The second task is dealing with the toxic people. The best way of going about this is by minimising contact with them as much as possible. Once you learn to ignore them and not take in their negative energy, you will be fine.

It can be hard to ignore certain situations and people sometimes, but ignoring these people is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. If you get drawn into their negative way of life, the chaos and drama may consumed you, leaving you a shadow of your former self. Rise above them and keep your distance.

 

 

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Protecting your mental health with some therapy

For some of us, it may have taken years to recognise certain people as toxic. This relationship with these people may have left us drained and feeling inadequate. If this is you, then some therapy may be required. Your mental health will thank you for it.

Therapy will help you train yourself when coming in contact with energy draining people. You will learn how to switch off mentally when the complaining, fault-finding and energy-draining behaviour begins.

If the toxic person in your life is a friend or family member you care about, you can encourage them to go into therapy. An experienced Therapist may be able to solve the underlying issue behind the negative way of life.

 

In conclusion

If you have noticed certain people always trigger aggression, frustration, depression, sadness or any other type of negative emotion in you, then looking within may help. Changing the way you react to them may help. You need to understand that you have no control over their behaviour, but you can control yours.

Pay attention to your reaction when these situations present themselves. Ignoring and zoning out does help massively. If your reaction does little or nothing to help, then just reduce the presence of these toxic people in your lives.

I have read loads of books on Psychology as it is an area I have strong interest in for some weird reason. I will be reviewing a couple of the eBooks I have read sometime in the new year, so look at for those review posts if you are interested.

 

How do you deal with toxic people in your life? How do you ensure you take care of your mental health?

 

 

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