In our increasingly technological age, children have access to a wide range of digital “toys”—from iPod to Xbox. These high-tech gadgets provide great entertainment, but we shouldn’t forget that a healthy dose of good old-fashioned playtime stimulates our children in ways that video games can’t.
According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics unstructured play helps children to develop problem-solving skills, as well as build strong bodies. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, author of the report, writes: “It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them... As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.”
“Children are the future,” as the popular saying goes. They are society’s future leaders and our greatest investment. It’s good to know we can help shape their destinies, and ours, by encouraging old-fashioned fun and games.
And no matter your age, why not join your child in play? You’ll be delighted to rediscover the child that continues to live inside you, just waiting to be invited to have some fun and play.
For helpful playtime ideas, visit the RealAge Web site.