But My Child Doesn’t Have Time To Play!

by Queenie on April 28, 2010

Image of QueenieWith a nation so consumed with test scores, data, high achievement and baby geniuses, its no wonder that you might be thinking that “play” will derail your kid off the success track. After all, after soccer practice, violin lessons, and homework they just don’t have the time to play.

But if you ask most parents what their ultimate goals are for their kid and they almost always have the same response:

I just want my child to be happy, successful and to contribute to the world.

If that response strikes a chord with you, rest assured. Inventive Play will put your child on the fast track to accomplishing these three goals.

So what are the benefits of play?

When children are playing you see many thing happening but two major things that occur are movement and laughter.

  • Movement allows blood to flow to the brain.
  • Laughter ushers in oxygen, which brain cells need for fuel. It also causes endorphins to be released into the blood stream increasing focus and attention.

But the biggest gift that play gives your child is that it moderates bodily functions by decreasing stress, evening out blood pressure, and boosting their immune systems.

Turns out play will actually keep your child right on the success track. Through more authentic forms of play, children will be more happy, successful, and be more likely to contribute to the world.

Queenie Lindsey is an academic coach and educational consultant. She is the founder of Tandem Teaching and Distinguished Learning Group, an academic coaching firm. Follow her on Twitter.

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Jim April 29, 2010 at 2:37 am

It’s a trick as old as mankind, but forgotten a lot in this day and age. Play is a necessity for a child’s healthy development.