Overstimulation Kills Imagination

In a world build on overstimulation, there is one population that needs a strategic approach to the amount of stimulation they receive, and that is our kids. Everyday adults pass over 5,000 advertisements, we drive by tall buildings with billboards, and we are making decisions quickly. While that is easier for adults to process, kids get overwhelmed quickly. Their brains are still forming and growing, the addition of too much stimulation can cause tantrums, boredom, and overall concentration problems. 

Parents want to give their kids every opportunity to be the best they can be. All too often, though, our good intentions cross a line between stimulation and overstimulating. At a young age, children are impressionable and want everything they see. Unfortunately, this causes not only simulation issues but doesn't teach them how to do more with less. 

Remember when our parents allowed us to be bored? It's uncommon these days because of how much stuff is in someone's home. A whole room is dedicated to toys today. What are the benefits of limiting the number of possessions your children own? That is easy, its imagination. Staying outside to play pirates with old tree branches, or playing hopscotch backward, these were the times that helped shaped how we would envision things later in life.   

Encouraging Imagination and allowing children to be bored is an art form that needs to return. Give them thirty minutes - Send them outside with one thing (a ball, sidewalk chalk, etc.) and see what they can come up with on their own. Imagination is an art form that needs nurturing throughout younger years. 

The human brain no matter what age will turn off and you'll get the glazed over look when there is too much to process. To combat overstimulation, limit screen time, encourage outdoor time, reading and art projects. A wise doctor once said, "A walk outside can cure a mind of worry, and reenergize personal thoughts." 

How do you combat overstimulation with your children? Sound off in the comments or email us at homebase@lifecyclediaries.com.