Experts share the true benefits of silence. It really is golden!
“One of the most common misconceptions parents have is that their children need constant stimulation because that’s how they’ll develop their brains to help them be early-developers, to be ahead of the curve and to do well throughout the rest of their lives,” Dr Justin told The Advertiser.
“And while it’s true that children do need stimulation, we don’t need to go and invite it into their lives.”
Dr Coulson pointed to research released earlier this year from scientists at America’s Duke University.
They found silence is one of the most productive stimuli for the brain.
“What scientists have discovered is that silence allows an area of the brain, called the hippocampus, to do what it does best,” Dr Coulson said.
“And since the hippocampus is where our memories are stored and where we process our emotions … it is critical to learning.
“Silence gives this really important part of the brain the opportunity to process, consolidate and strengthen itself.”
Dr Justin said two hours of silence a day was golden.
How can we encourage silence and quiet time?
Centacare parent educator Clare Bowyer told The Advertiser children could find silence in simple ways.
“Cloud watching, fishing, looking at the night sky, bird watching, or sitting in a tree house or a space to be in solitude are all simple ways children can find quiet,” she said.
She added, “Silence gives children more focus rather than their mind being scattered.”
Reading, drawing, and writing stories, even puzzles and Lego are other options to encourage your child to have a bit of quiet time if you are looking for ideas.
Does your child get enough “silence” or downtime in their day?
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