Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Importance of Play

The best course of action to take sometimes isn't clear until you've listed and considered your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to what the experts think is significant.
Truthfully, the only difference between you and Children experts is time. If you'll invest a little more time in reading, you'll be that much nearer to expert status when it comes to Children. Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. This birthright is challenged by forces including child labor and exploitation practices, war and neighborhood violence, and the limited resources available to children living in poverty. However, even those children who are fortunate enough to have abundant available resources and who live in relative peace may not be receiving the full benefits of play. Many of these children are being raised in an increasingly hurried and pressured style that may limit the protective benefits they would gain from child driven play. Because every child deserves the opportunity to develop to their unique potential, child advocates must consider all factors that interfere with optimal development and press for circumstances that allow each child to fully reap the advantages associated with play. Those forces that prevent children in poverty and the working class from benefiting fully from play deserve full attention. Play contributes to optimal child development for all children and that we must advocate for the changes specific to the need of each child’s social and environmental. Perhaps above all, play is a simple joy that is a cherished part of childhood. Those who only know one or two facts about Children can be confused by misleading information. The best way to help those who are misled is to gently correct them with the truths you're learning here.

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