All children should be allowed to play freely. However, there are many reasons why parents are reluctant to allow their children to play. We’ll examine and discuss each of these issues, to convince you that playing in a safe environment is essential for your child’s development.
The world has become more focused on academic results and standardized testing. For this reason, some parents would rather have their children learning skills like reading and writing, rather than going to a playground. This has been supported by studies that show the amount of time children spend playing at school has been steadily decreasing over the last 30 years. However, it is better for their development if they can play. As they play they develop their creative skills. It also allows them to learn more about the world in a natural way. They also develop life skills like being inclusive through playing with different types of children. These skills are best developed through physical interactions, not through classroom learning.
Another common reason why some parents don’t play with their children is that it is no longer safe for their children to play outside. Around 78 percent of parents believe that the world was safer when they were children. However, by choosing not to let children play that freedom might be lost. Parents can find locations like local parks where they can let their children play in a safe and supportive environment. Something as simple as playing outside can have a huge impact on their development, with some research finding that an astonishing 56 percent of children spend less time outside than prisoners in maximum security. Parents can also use social media to build connections with other parents in their area. They can then create playdates for their children and form a supportive network to help them overcome the difficulties of parenting.
Finally, as the world adapts to a rise in technology, play has become more important than ever. Technology moves so quickly that many of the jobs your children will be working in haven’t even been invented yet. However, through play they can develop the skills that they will need to for these future jobs. For example, play increases children’s creativity, a key part of computer programming. They will also learn the skill of problem-solving. Play may also foster their leadership abilities and make it easier for them to build social connections. In addition, activities like construction help them build their mathematical analysis skills.
Finding time to play with your children might be difficult but it is essential for their development. While they are having fun, they are building the skills they need for the future. Things like social skills, problem-solving, and creativity are essential life skills that are best developed through play. Hopefully, by discussing some of the biggest issues’ parents have with play you can find ways to overcome these challenges. So, encourage your children to engage in free play today and see the benefits for yourself.