The importance of play.

As schools around California open for the new school year, I just wanted to remind parents of the importance of play. Not just play for kids, but play for parents.

I get to see my children be happy, use their imagination, and build a bond with them that otherwise wouldn’t exist when I play with them. I get to help them grow. We build memories together during play. We also build castles and houses and worlds where planes talk, horses are the boss, and trains can travel on water. There’s nothing more important to a child than your time – and play time can be a great way to spend time together.

Learning is important. Knowing how to read, write, and do math are all important skills. But with the focus in the classroom shifting to more academic pursuits, playtime is being taken out. With all the homework, playtime is being taken out. It is important to put that playtime back in.

Here are some more articles on play and its importance.

http://www.pediatricsdigest.mobi/content/119/1/182.short

http://faculty.spokanefalls.edu/InetShare/AutoWebs/kimt/The%20Importance%20of%20Play.pdf

http://eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED493224&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED493224

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