With all the emphasis on education and achievement (here in South Florida people are surprised that my three year old isn’t in preschool yet) far too few kids are allowed to… just be kids.
An article in the NY Times, Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum (January 5th) is calling attention to the need for just plain old play time. “Too little playtime may seem to rank far down on the list of society’s worries, but the scientists, psychologists, educators and others who are part of the play movement say that most of the social and intellectual skills one needs to succeed in life and work are first developed through childhood play.”
The article explains various movements to bring recess and imaginative play back to our kid’s routines. Ironically, the article says, “The goal, in some ways, is to return to the old days.” So let me get this straight, now we’re bad parents if we don’t let our kids play enough? LOL.