2020 has certainly been a difficult and trying time for many. Families with young children have had to navigate further difficulties around childcare, working from home and homeschooling. Through it all it is so important to remember to take time to let your children play. Playing with others may not be an option right now but playing within their home, with their imagination, and with parents is imperative in a child's development.
This graph below displays 28 quotes that represent the benefits of play. For example, Dr. Craigan Usher says “The longer children can enjoy play without the kind of monitoring that leads to self-criticism and self-doubt, the better.” Dr. Stuart Brown says “Play is how we are made, how we develop and adjust to change. It allows us to express our joy and connect most deeply with the best in ourselves and others.” The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability states, “Expressing feelings through play will allow a child to work through his or her problems, rather than internalizing them. In doing this, the child will be forming a basis for healthy emotional, mental, social, and physical well-being by learning how to manage his or her emotions in a socially acceptable way.”
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