Reports have found playtime to be such an important part of child development the United Nations High Commission for Human Right is recognizing it as the right of every child!
The benefits of Play
At an early age, children interact and engage with their surrounding through play.
It helps them conquer fears; develop new skills while developing their imagination, emotional and physical strength while sharpening their dexterity.
Play in groups helps children learn how to share, work as a team, resolve conflict and negotiate.
Child-driven play enables the child encouraging them to test and hone their decision-making skills and discover their likes and dislikes.
Parents and or child givers interact, bond and gain a unique perspective from their child’s point of view through either observing or joining in.
Playtime is one of the joys of childhood at that every child fortunate enough to indulge in should be given the chance to do so.
The problem with reduced play time due to family, social and school commitments
A lot of young people are being put under a lot of pressure at a very early age
Due to increased school workloads, the rise in a single parent home, both parents working, divorced or separated leave very little time in the child’s life for an enriched play time or parental/guardian bonding play time.
This leads to a hurried lifestyle for the child which can cause stress, undue anxiety and can lead to bouts of depression.
The increased pressure of this lifestyle and less play time, have actually affected some young people by leaving them ill-equipped to successfully manage the transition to college.
Playtime is a childhood rite of passage with many physical, mental and emotional benefits to a child’s healthy development and an integral part of forging strong bonds between parent and child.