Did Your Child Play Aimlessly Today?

Play is important to healthy development of the brain; … Play and unscheduled time that allows for peer interactions is an important component of social-emotional learning; and. Free, child-driven, creative play protects against the effects of pressure and stress.

Allowing children to connect with the natural world is about more than fresh air and exercise. Proven benefits of outdoor play range from a greater sense of wellbeing and better self-discipline to improved concentration, imagination and social skills. Just think for a minute how all the body’s senses are engaged outside in an ever-changing environment, compared with being in a sterile room.

The overriding premise of the report is that  free play (or some available free time in the case of older children is essential to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth.”

Understand that, while kids play for safety (what I call being the “guardian of a child at play”), a large amount of play should be child-driven ; When we talk of significance of free-play both the outdoors as well as indoors, games are just not restricted to better marks. The kids who indulge in free play are usually

•    informally more skilled,

•    adjust fast to moving circumstances,

•    they are more sensitive and active

•    have best attention-span

•    they can easily solve difficult problems

•    they can quickly learn to know and control feelings.

 Remember that active child-centered play is a time-tested way of producing healthy, fit young bodies

My advice as a parent to every mother is as our culture seems to increasingly Kids need to grow up comfortable with silence. Your intuition tells you how important free time is. It tells you not to interfere with a child’s play unless someone is about to or is being hurt. Be honest with yourself and your children. Instead of feeling guilty and worrying that if you don’t do everything possible, don’t go the extra mile, your kids will suffer, will be deprived, or will fall behind their peers, understand that sometimes the best thing a parent can do for a child is nothing. Children are not miniature adults. Allow children to explore a variety of interests in a balanced way, without feeling pressured to excel in each area; and In short, don’t forget to let your child be a child.

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