Why Daydreaming Isn’t a Waste of Time

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Allowing time for reflection helps kids make meaning out of experiences and information they encounter.

MindShift Blog
June 4, 2012
Written By: Ann Murphy Paul

Parents and teachers expend a lot of energy getting kids to pay attention, concentrate, and focus on the task in front of them. What adults don’t do, according to University of Southern California education professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, is teach children the value of the more diffuse mental activity that characterizes our inner lives: daydreaming, remembering, reflecting.

Yet this kind of introspection is crucial to our mental health, to our relationships, and to our emotional and moral development. And it promotes the skill parents and teachers care so much about: the capacity to focus on the world outside our heads.

Read more about the benefits of daydreaming.

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