The Importance of Daydreaming and Imagination — a Guest Post by #Josh Langley

  • Published on April 16, 2021

The Importance of Daydreaming and Imagination — a Guest Post by Josh Langley

Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Australian author and illustrator Josh Langley who advocates for children’s mental health, including developing their self-esteem, friendship skills and creativity through his books and online course. These topics are close to my heart and regularly appear in our readilearn posts and feature in our teaching resources.

With next Wednesday 21 April being World Creativity and Innovation Day, I thought now was the perfect time to share with you Josh’s recent post Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Let Kids Daydream.

First let me tell you a little about Josh.

Josh Langley, author and illustrator

About Josh:

Josh is author of the award winning ‘Being You is Enough’ books series for kids and promotes positive mental and emotional health messages for kids through his books, presentations, primary school talks, videos, charity work and courses, like ‘Here I am!’.

Josh says,

After suffering childhood trauma, I feel driven to make sure kids don’t ever have to feel like I did. That’s why I want to give them the emotional and mental skills to be resilient to what is thrown at them and the inner knowing that they are ok the way they are. And the only way I can do that is in my own fun and unique way! Thankfully parents and kids love it.”

About Josh’s Books

Books by Josh Langley

The Being You is Enough series of books for 4– to 11–year-olds can help reduce anxiety, stress and feelings of isolation in kids and are filled with life affirming messages that your child can take with them through to adulthood. It’s ok to Feel the Way You Do, won the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of the year.

About Josh’s online course

Here I am! is a video-based course to help build resilience, courage, and self-acceptance in children, and gives them the life skills to thrive now and into the future.

Josh’s Guest Post

Here is Josh’s post which first appeared on his blog here and is shared with his permission. Thank you, Josh, for all you do to encourage all that is positive in our children.

WHY IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO LET KIDS DAYDREAM

When I was a kid, daydreaming was almost a punishable offence.

“STOP WASTING TIME, PAY ATTENTION, SIT UP STRAIGHT! LEARN TO SPELL, LEARN TO COUNT – YOU’LL NEVER GET ANYWHERE IN LIFE IF YOU’RE OFF WITH THE FAIRIES!!”

But now we realise how important daydreaming and imagination are in helping to problem solve and think creatively. While I may not have been academically gifted, using my imagination has helped me create a life that I’m thoroughly enjoying living.

When I tell kids, I get paid to stare out the window and come up with ideas, they don’t believe me, but it’s true and I want every kid to know they can do the same and how important using their imagination is.

  • Everything that’s being invented or created has started out in someone’s imagination.
  • That includes scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, great ideas, philosophies, works of art, books, TV shows and computer games.
  • We teach empathy by imaging what it would be like in someone else’s situation.
  • It’s in our imagination we can start to create what kind of life we’d like to live.

Josh Langley quote on daydreaming and creativity

When we allow space for kids to daydream and give them permission to follow their ideas, they have a skill set that they can carry with them through life. And it’ll also help them thrive in a fast-changing future where AI and machine learning will kill off many white and blue collar jobs.

That’s why I made imagination and creativity a big part of the ‘Here I am!’ course, showing kids that life isn’t all about tests, scores, assessments and winning and losing. It’s about equipping them with useful skills to make their life really awesome right now and into the future.

thank you writers and illustrators for sharing information about your books and your creative process

Thank you, Josh, for sharing these inspiring thoughts with us. I look forward to discussing your books and your course in more depth in the future.

Find out more about Josh Langley

On his website:  www.joshlangley.com.au

Follow his blog for more interesting and informative posts www.joshlangley.com.au/blog/

Connect with him on social media

Search for Josh Langley Author or following these links:

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Josh’s books (and fun merchandise) can be purchased from his shop as well as from online bookstores and other good bookstores everywhere.

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Comments

    Great point and you’re right, Josh. There is a stigma to staring into space. I had to explain to my husband I wasn’t wasting time. I was thinking! And then explain it again. Your books look great.

    Hi Norah and Josh, thank you for this very important post. What Josh has said here is so important. I have always said to my boys “you need to take time to watch the clouds change shape, when you gaze at the clouds you find inspiration and creativity.” Your mind must be free to relax and roam in order to make leaps of creativity and imagination which lead to changes to the world.

    That is so true, Robbie. I don’t think there’s a creative who wouldn’t agree. Your boys are lucky to have you to encourage them.

    I think you will too, Didi. They sound perfect for you and your boy. Please let me know what you think.

    Thank you, Bette. They are very appealing aren’t they – attractive to children and adults.

Please share your thoughts. I love it when you do.

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