Updated: Aug 14, 2020
"Becoming indistractable is the most important skill for the 21st century — and it’s one that many parents fail to teach their kids." Nir Eyal
Is our technology driven world dulling our ability to pay attention? Perhaps, but here's a critical point, technology isn’t the problem and enforcing strict rules around tech usage isn’t the solution.
Creating or working creatively comes from the ability to focus. This seems funny; because when we think of creatives we think of the crazy artist, the absent-minded scientist or the disheveled poet.
What these creatives are doing is devoting their focus to their own imaginations. In other words, they've learned to dream up ideas.
Here's a question to ask yourself, how well does my kid pay attention — even if they don't have to?
Learning how to manage their own attention instead of always depending on adults to tell them what to pay attention to helps kids develop the creative skillset.
Wordless picture books are a wonderful introduction in helping kids learn to pay attention. Instead of being told a story they get to tell it their way, over and over with different ideas each time. They learn and exercise what they want to pay attention to and they strengthen their ability to focus independently.
That's a good thing to reinforce in kids.