It’s been a while since I’ve done an Ask the Internet, but I’d love to get opinions on this one, so let’s do it!
Is there a point at which you would/should stop indulging a kid’s obsession with something (provided it’s not harmful/dangerous of course)?
So here’s the genesis of that question: My kid is obsessed with puzzles. He wakes up and wants to do puzzles. We eat breakfast and he wants to do puzzles. He does puzzles at school. He does them before dinner and after dinner. He doesn’t play with many other toys/activities BUT puzzles these days, unless we push.
He’s really good at them too. He can do 100-150 piece puzzles with no help from us (well, he usually needs our help the first time. After that he’s good). He can do 300 piece puzzles with some help from us. Now he’s starting to try 500 piece puzzles. It’s…kinda freaky actually.
And I know that puzzles are great for his development, so all things being equal, I’ll take it.
But, it’s ALL he wants to do, and I wonder if we should be…not discouraging him from the puzzles, exactly, but steering him towards other things more often. We do guide him to other activities, but in a pinch we know we can turn to puzzles for 15-45 minutes of quiet time, so…that ends up the default a fair amount of time. But should we be saying no to the puzzles more in an effort to get him to try doing other things?
(Watch, I post this and it becomes a moot point as he moves on to the next obsession).
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