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Doctors are telling parents to schedule playtime

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For many parents, back-to-school season incites a mad scramble to organize kids’ activities—from music lessons to math club and after-school tutoring. But a new policy report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests we’d do better to pencil in big blocks of time devoted to nothing but free play.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/08/kids-are-so-busy-that-doctors-are-telling-them-to-schedule-playtime
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Play helps children develop language and executive functioning skills, learn to negotiate with others and manage stress, and figure out how to pursue their goals while ignoring distractions, among other things. The report warns that parents and schools are focusing on academic achievement at the expense of play, and recommends that pediatricians attempt to turn the tide by prescribing play during well visits for children.
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Do you agree that parents over-schedule their children with extra curricular activities? Do you agree that kids should simply be allowed to play?
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I agree! Kids need to be kids! Parents fill up the schedule because they want to probably get the kids out of the house more.
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I don't like to bombard my kids with extra curricular activities. They also need to have fun and enjoy being a kid. They have a lot of time to learn things as they get older anyway.
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I want my kids to take advantage of the different activities while I can still afford them. It's a great way for them to meet new people and learn at the same time.
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I want my kids to take advantage of the different activities while I can still afford them. It's a great way for them to meet new people and learn at the same time.
This is what I do as well. For me, I want to expose my daughter to all the activities possible. Then, I'll let her decide whether to re-enroll her to that activity or not. This way, she at least got to try everything out.
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Parents over-scheduling their kids' lives and stealing their childhood is all too real. Many parents fill up their kids' lives with one"enrichment activity" after another, all in an effort to help them"get a leg up" so that they will eventually gain admittance to a top-ranked college.
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After reading about so many articles on play, Montessori method, and other learning methods, I don't strictly adhere to a certain method but I make sure that I balance my kid's activities. She'll have structured play time, study time and free time. What amazes me most is not her ability to read or write, it is her imagination that amazes me.
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Rushed, hurried, anxious parents are turning their children into mini-versions of themselves. A childhood should be every child's birthright. Let's stop stealing it.
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I want my kids to take advantage of the different activities while I can still afford them. It's a great way for them to meet new people and learn at the same time.
True but I doubt that you fill your children's day with activities until their bedtime?
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After reading about so many articles on play, Montessori method, and other learning methods, I don't strictly adhere to a certain method but I make sure that I balance my kid's activities. She'll have structured play time, study time and free time. What amazes me most is not her ability to read or write, it is her imagination that amazes me.
I agree! That is the key, a balance.
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Here's an article where it says children can be depressed when they don't get to play - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/05/10/the-myth-of-the-overscheduled-child/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ce6fe834c052
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Do you believe that over scheduling the kids can cause depression?
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It's important or growing children to sometimes be alone, so they can work out things for themselves. They need to be bored and just do nothing.
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Rushed, hurried, anxious parents are turning their children into mini-versions of themselves. A childhood should be every child's birthright. Let's stop stealing it.
Yeah, sometimes we parents force whatever we have missed in our childhood to our own children thinking that is best for them but really isn't.
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