It may surprise you to learn that children who don't play enough are more likely to do worse in school. Focusing too much on homework without adequate rest can actually lead to lower grades.
It's important to encourage play time and help your kids find a balanced approach to life.
Use these strategies:
1. Build playtime into the day. Today's children can be overscheduled to the maximum. They have school, ballet, tutoring, sports, and other activities that keep them busy. However, they also need play time and the chance to be kids.
2. Let children play outside. Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to have allergies and asthma. So outdoor play can help them stay healthy.
3. Put away the electronic games. Although your children can play with electronic games once in a while, it's important that they also play with other toys. They learn to use their skills and abilities in different ways.
4. Supervise without interfering. One of the most difficult things for parents to do is to supervise playtime without interfering, giving suggestions, or making comments.
5. Allow your child to play alone. Let your children find ways to entertain themselves.
Playtime is a crucial part of a healthy childhood. Your kids can benefit from having playtime included in their daily schedule.
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