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Less Play Time Is Bad for Kids.

As the amount of time children are able to spend playing on their own has been on the decline, few people have realized that, as a result, youngsters may face “lifelong consequences,” and not good ones, writes pediatrician and Brown University professor Ester Entin in The Atlantic [1]. 


Citing a piece in the American Journal of Play which “details not only how much children’s play time has declined, but how this lack of play affects emotional development, leading to the rise of anxiety, depression and problems of attention and self control,” Entin said parents who over-schedule their kids or “intrude on their children’s play are a big part of the problem.”


Noting the increasing rates of pediatric/teen anxiety and depression, which she says has occurred in part because of the paucity of free play, Entin wrote, “When parents realize the major role that free play can take in the development of emotionally healthy children and adults, they may wish to reassess the priorities ruling their children’s lives.”

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