The Power of Play: How Time Outside Helps Kids

For millennia, parents have told their rowdy kids to "Go out and play!" In doing so, most hadn`t a clue they were nurturing the emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and social aptitude in children, all while enhancing critical brain structures that support pursuing goals and ignoring distractions.

In other words, play is needed for healthy development. So says a recent report published in the journal Pediatrics, which outlines how play advances such skills even as it manages toxic stress. What`s more, playing is shown to support the formation of stable and nurturing relationships with caregivers that kids need to thrive.

While the definition of play is not clear-cut, the researchers agree that play is naturally motivated, uses active engagement, and results in joyful discovery. It`s also voluntary, fun, and spontaneous, with no extrinsic goals.

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Kathleen Notes: Play is a kid`s "work" and more vital than ever due to unprecedented stress due to the pandemic. I am advocating for "free range" kiddos all of this summer!!



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