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Let Children Play

Updated on September 15, 2014

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Children are God’s gifts to us. They are sinless, innocent, their minds are replete with imaginations. When parents came home tired and weary from work, kiddie smiles, hugs and kisses gave them the balsam to reinvigorate their sagging spirits. The drudgery and silence attendant to childless homes evaporate like bubbles with the presence of beaming and giggling children.

Childhood are made more pleasant, interesting and enjoyable with sorts of playthings provided them. With toy jet planes and rocketships, they can imagine zooming up the skies and tour and marvel at the seven seas and ocean underworld with toy ships and submarines. Female kids are delighted doing household chores with toy cooking paraphernalia, sewing kits, appliances and the like.

It is no wonder why we have in our midst children with problems. It is so because they have been neglected. They’ve been relegated to the background. Parents have been more preoccupied with trivial things than to shower love, care and understanding to their children. This problem even becomes more profound with stone-hearted parents and with families having more mouths to feed than what they can afford.

We parents can still recall to mind the beneficial effects of play that have left a deep imprints in our total personality. My dear father who’s now in the great beyond would give us live fiddler crab just to let the 6 of us kids feel the sight and thrill of seeing them fight and bite one another with their sharp pincers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has sum up the benefits of play in the following manner:

Children can put to good use their sense of creativity through play as they develop their emotional strength, imagination, cognitive, dexterity and physical prowess. In the development of a healthy brain, play does an important role second to none. At very tender age kids through the medium of play interact with the environment they are in.

Play enables children to make and master a world of their own, knowing how to subdue their apprehensions while doing adult responsibilities in relation with their peers or caretakers. In the process of mastering and acquainting themselves with their world, play helps develop in them competencies, confidence and resilience required of them in facing and solving future challenges.

Allowing kids to direct their own play will teach themselves how to work in groups, learn self-advocacy skills, to resolve conflicts, to negotiate and to share. Research found out that in child-driven play activities, kids can put to practice decision-making skills, discover their own unique areas of interest, move at their own pace and in the end pursue fully their desired passions.

When play is dominated by adults, children follow blindly adult rules and concerns and lose some of the benefits needed in developing creativity, leadership, and group skills. As opposed to passive entertainment, play builds active and healthy bodies in children. It has been suggested that unstructured play be emphasized as a way to increase physical activity levels in kids to solve the problem of obesity.

Above all, play is a simple joy that is a cherished part of childhood.

For a well-rounded personal development of your kids and grandchildren, always consider toys a part of your budget. You’ll not regret.

“Kids operate in a different paradigm. They are blissfully detached from the banalities of reality. They are full of pure, unadulterated joy. They seek pleasure in love and play. Kids have an amazing ability to recover from negative feelings like grief, anger, and greed. Scratched elbows, broken toys, dusty face... that's a kid's life. With these kids sayings, you will feel like a kid all over again.” (Source)


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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, we should let kids play on their own, shouldn't interrupt or stop them

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      nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thanks for your suggestion greatparenting and for the visit as well.

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      greatparenting 6 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      I agree that kids should play, probably more than they do. But, I'd steer clear of saying things like, "Female kids are delighted doing household chores with toy cooking paraphernalia, sewing kits, appliances and the like." Kids are kids and the longer we wait to have them believe stereotypes like girls cook and clean while boys get to play with rockets, the better off they'll be. Encourage your children to try it all. You'll be happy you did.