Saturday, May 21, 2011

Play Time-Is that a Necessary Skill?

Kids sit in front of the computer for three or four hours each day working on school. Sure you give them breaks and they stop for lunch and maybe p.e., but have you ever considered play time as a necessary skill? Maybe you are thinking that your kids have plenty of play time because you take them to dance lessons, karate lessons, soccer practice, guitar lessons... Actually, those are structured times. Down through the ages, folks have debated the merits of allowing kids unstructured time to play--to just be kids. Children who live hurried, structured lives are more likely to be stressed, which can lead to depression. "Old fashioned" toys such as dolls, trucks, and blocks encourage active play. Children with good amounts of unscheduled time learn to fill that time as well as manage it. So try to keep a healthy balance between online schooling and pure, old-fashioned free time for your children to have fun, let loose, and just plain play.

2 comments:

  1. Kids will find ways to play. I suggest you give them at least few hours of break. It would help them build other acceptable characteristics and it's also good for your relationship with them.

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