Free Time

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Life is full of obligations even for a child. For example, getting ready for school a child must get dressed, comb their hair, wash their hands, and eat breakfast (be sure it is nutritious and do not waste food by not eating all of it!), and brush their teeth just to go to play. Then afterword a shower and dinnertime, but it is not just that simple. Before they eat, they must sit up straight, wait for everyone else to gather at the table to eat, and then pray. Children are expected to obey so many rules that free time is a necessity, but because parents are so involved in their children's lives and want' class='brand-secondary'>want to keep their free spirits from crumbling and their independence and creativity from washing away, they bring planned activities into the free time which becomes an over abundance of rules. So, when do children nowadays have time to discover and explore what is in their minds and what happened to the “free” in “free time”?
Kids need to learn how to cherish free time so when they are adult, they can use their free time constructively. Sometimes it is difficult to come up with something to do when there is literally nothing to do and nobody is telling you what to do. Allowing children unstructured free time gives them experience in solving this problem and in the process gives kids the satisfaction of independence and a feeling self-fulfillment because they are in control of their own destiny. Having this opportunity also allows them to discover who they are, what they like, and what is comfortable for them. Unstructured free time is an opportunity for kids to think about goals and dream about their future, which in turn gives our lives purpose and puts us in control. Free time allows children to find success on their own and uni...

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..., create stronger family bonds, and learn to create a better future. They are more emotionally stable and develop perseverance. They learn to be happy and help society in the process.
Having free time is not the same as having unstructured free time. Free time that is unplanned and unstructured helps children by providing kids an opportunity to manage their free time as adults. Unstructured free time through role-play and the ability to choose their activities and friends, gives children confidence and a chance to deal with their feelings and other people. Unstructured free time brings peace and opportunity to uncover hidden skills that allow kids to enjoy life, become strong decision makers and ultimately help others. “Free time” all too often is rigid and rule oriented, so for children to benefit most from this time, it should be unstructured and really “free”.
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