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The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds

by Marius Hardut last modified Dec 09, 2014 08:21 PM
This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play. This report offers guidelines on how pediatricians can advocate for children by helping families, school systems, and communities consider how best to ensure that play is protected as they seek the balance in children’s lives to create the optimal developmental milieu. Article and Report posted in American Academy of Pediatrics
CONCLUSIONS
Play is a cherished part of childhood that offers children important developmental benefits and parents the opportunity to fully engage with their children.
However,multiple forces are interacting to effectively reducemany children’s ability to reap the benefits of play. Aswe strive to create the optimal developmental milieu forchildren, it remains imperative that play be included along with academic and social-enrichment opportunities and that safe environments be made available to all children. Additional research is needed to explore the appropriate balance of play, academic enrichment, and organized activities for children with different temperaments and social, emotional, intellectual, and environmental needs.

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