Wellness - Mental Health | 6-12 yrs

Daydreaming In Children

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Daydreaming is almost always considered to be a bad habit. It involves engaging the mind in thoughts that have no connection to the present situation. Therefore, daydreaming is akin to being absent-minded.

Do you think your child is showing signs of being a daydreamer? Do you often catch him in midst of a flight of fantasy, especially at times when he should be paying serious attention? Are you worried that he is turning into an impractical person? Then we are here to help.

But before that, you need to know that there are several advantages of daydreaming too. As research of late have pointed out, daydreaming is indicative of a fertile imagination, which opens the doors to creativity in different ways. Often, daydreamers turn out to be some of the most creative individuals in their chosen fields such as music, art or literature. In an article titled ‘Maladaptive Daydreaming - What Is It?’, Medical Daily reports: “Modern psychology has found that when your mind wanders, it's a sign of the creative process, which means you're actually giving your mind a workout. By having multiple simultaneous thoughts, your brain is strengthening your mental work space — the more mental workspace you have, the stronger your ability to mentally juggle more than one task.”

Thus, indulging in a little daydreaming should be considered a healthy sign in a child.

But, if the habit gets out of control to the extent that the child remains absent-minded most of the time, it needs to be addressed before it may spiral into a bigger problem. This type of daydreaming is called maladaptive daydreaming, which can cause huge loss of productivity. It is important that you help your child strike a fine balance between reverie and living in the moment.

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