Parents, It’s Time to Get Out of the Way and Let Your Kids Just Play

I learned an important lesson that day. My definition of play is different from my children’s understanding of — and need for — play. To me, play is a fun activity with a clear goal, often structured and reached by following step-by-step directions. Children, on the other hand, require time to explore, manipulate and experiment on their own so they can make sense of the world around them.

Despite our good intentions, adults inhibit children’s play in several ways.

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