October 29-November 4, 2006 Issue |
Posted 10/25/06 at 10:00 AM
your children to be more well-rounded and less stressed out? Let them play.
How? Any way they like. That advice comes from the AmericanAcademy
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.