Prescription for Play: The Importance of Play for Children’s Health

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How important is play for the health of our children?

Take a couple of minutes and watch this video about the necessity of play in the lives of our children, straight from the physician’s mouth:

“Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, address critical issues facing children and families today — rising levels of stress and anxiety, obesity-related health problems, dramatically reduced time for free play and play outdoors, hectic and overscheduled family life — and offer solutions to addressing these problems.”

[via The Grass Stain Guru]

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Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

One thought on “Prescription for Play: The Importance of Play for Children’s Health

  • Hi Derek. I think that how children are raised can influence so many different aspects of their lives as adults. This concept, which you are obviously well aware of, is not common knowledge. Thanks for helping spread the word about how important this really is.


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