Allowing kids some time away from electronics may result in temporary boredom; but research shows that boredom may be beneficial. Not only do kids learn independence, since they must depend on themselves for entertainment rather than external stimuli; but also, boredom can allow for the development of curiosity and inventiveness as kids are forced to use their imaginations to have fun.
What can you do to help your kids turn boredom into imaginative fun?
Encourage your kids to get outside and play in nature.
Keep arts and crafts supplies readily available.
Suggest that your bored child come up with his own story--an original or a remake of a classic.
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Among drinkers under age 21, more than 90% of the alcohol is consumed during binge drinking episodes and in a recent study, 21% of teens reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. Worse yet. researchers found that repeated binge drinking during adolescence (by either parent) can affect brain functions in future generations, potentially putting offspring at risk for such conditions as depression, anxiety, and metabolic disorders.
Adolescents need parental support and supervision to successfully navigate the teen years.
When parents model healthy and responsibile behaviors, especially when it comes to alcohol and drugs, children are sure to follow.
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