Thursday, October 13, 2011

Why kids need to play

Playing gives children self-confidence, decision making practice, and teaches them how to get along with others, among other life skills.  Kids really need time for unencumbered play.

"Freely-chosen play is a testing ground for life. It provides critical life experiences without which young children cannot develop into confident and competent adults" says Peter Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at Boston College.

Read this article in the Atlantic about how declining play among children is leading to depression and anxiety.  And about all the reasons play is essential!

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