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The art of play: Have our kids forgotten?

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Child at Play

Or should I say, did they never learn? Either way, it's just plain sad.

Did you know that there are consultants that help teach children how to play? I thought that's what kids naturally did best! Maybe not anymore, laments Boston Globe Columnist Derrick Jackson. His quote says it all:

"My issue is not with the Playworks folks or the schools that hire them. It is the fact that we adults have dumbed down creativity to unprecedented levels. We all conspire in this, from test-score politicians to helicopter parents building up their child’s college resume with rigid, adult-run sports and music programs. Whoever thought we’d need a national crusade for kickball?"

Phew. We all want the best for our children—there is no denying that. But I hope that his article makes parent pause and evaluate how they structure their kid's time. He reminds us how essential it is for busy families to find balance in their lives. Think that his article is a must-read for parents to reinforce the value of letting kids have time to just play.

Love to hear your thoughts on kids and play.

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Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?