Here’s a guilt-reducing articleevery parent should read. Isn’t this a no-brainer? Do we really need astudy to tell us that kids need time to just… play? That just”playing” is a vital part of their development?
Many kids do too much. Many families are too busy. It can be easyfor parents to fall into a trap of signing kids up for excessiveactivities just because “everyone is doing it.” We all want ourchildren to excel. We want the very best opportunities for each ofthem. But do we recognize that some of the very best “opportunities”for them sometimes lie in a basket of blocks in the living room? Or ina backyard sand box?
How does your family decide which outside activities are worthpursuing? How do you resist the temptation to “over-involve” yourchildren and ensure they have access to enough free playtime?