Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
What if you decided that “free time” was important? Equally, if not more important than structured extracurricular activities and, maybe, even more important than homework for your child's growth and development?
I first ran into this philosophy when I toured a Waldorf School in our community many years ago with my daughter. Not that she was planning to attend – she was already enrolled in an arts-based school program – but since we were in the neighbourhood and it was an “open house”, we went for the tour. Needless to say, she was very intrigued by a school whose rule was “no homework”! But I digress.
What if you considered for a moment that “free time” – time for imaginative play, napping, daydreaming, reading for pleasure, or even just being “bored” – might be important for kids? What could this look like in your family's life? What could this feel like for your children? For you?
Could you experiment with creating “free time” (with perhaps also “no electronics/screens”) for a few hours once a week; maybe even just one evening a week? What might you discover about your children? What might you learn about yourself?