“Play is not an old-fashioned thing of the past. Unstructured play—and plenty of it—is a developmental necessity for kids. Some might say now more than ever.”
Little kids need unstructured play to build creativity, emotional intelligence, and problem solving. Time spent in structured sports practices and classes is better spent with the adults just sitting back and letting kids play.
And, as a bonus, playtime becomes the perfect time for parents to socialize—with real face-to-face humans instead of screens. (That part’s from me, not the book!)
It’s a win-win!
Since I’ve been home on maternity leave, we’ve been able to visit our local indoor playground, The Little Red Barn, at least once a week. I love to just sit back and watch Nouarie play. I’ve also spent time with my mom friends and made a few new ones.
Parent friends, I know our culture puts a lot of pressure on us to get our kids to join something and stay busy. If your gut is telling you it’s too much or not the right thing for your kid, trust it. It’s right. Agree? Let me know below.
Quote: Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
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