Why Play is Crucial for Children's Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
As parents, we spend a lot of time worrying about our children's health. We take them to checkups and appointments. We get them involved in sports and extracurricular activities. We try to find the right vitamin, the right school, the right sleeping habits. But in all honesty, we often make it too hard. One of the best things we can do for our children and their long-term health is to let them play! If you want to improve the health of your children, take a look at why play is one of the best things you can do for your kids every day.
Play is Problem Solving
It's during play when kids learn to problem solve. It's when they learn to role play and take turns and manage difficult situations. It's not just play; it's practice for real life! Allow your kids to take on these roles in low stress, fun situations. You'll be helping them gain social and emotional health, and setting them up for better success in the future.
Play is Physical
We all want our kids to be physically healthy, and if we leave it up to our kids, this will happen naturally. Play is often physical in nature. They run, jump, climb. They chase each other. Kids are full of movement and energy. Allow them to get that energy out through healthy play, and you won't have to worry about your children getting enough movement or burning enough calories.
Play Is Stress Relief
Believe it or not, kids feel stress too. But play allows them to let go of that stress. They don't have to think about school or sports or friends. They don't have to worry about whatever their parents are worried about. They just relax and let loose. Allow your kids the chance to lose that daily stress, and you'll be setting them up for much better health moving forward.
Kids need time to play! It seems that we take so much of that time away from them, and we forget just how important it is to let them roam free and have fun. It's a crucial aspect of childhood. Allow your kids a little time for free play, and you'll be improving their health and lives in every way possible.
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