National Catholic Register

Culture of Life

More Playtime, Please

BY John Lilly

October 29-November 4, 2006 Issue | Posted 10/25/06 at 9:00 AM


Want your children to be more well-rounded and less stressed out? Let them play. How? Any way they like. That advice comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose latest report sings the praises of goofy kid stuff. In so many words, of course. According to the report, unstructured playtime builds creativity, passion for particular interests, problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills. The academy doesn’t come out against structured activities such as organized clubs, sports and lessons — just for balancing those with plenty of time to let kids be kids. 

Source: Associated Press, Oct. 10