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Make Time to Play

As the upcoming school year approaches, it is a reminder that busy schedules are about to commence. As human beings, we all benefit from moments of relaxation and enjoyment during our day. It is also especially important for children to experience their own moments of creativity. In today’s society while children love spending their free times on iPads or other tablets, they are missing out on their time to enjoy letting their imaginations wander.

As adults we realize the value of living in the moment, and cherish moments we experience that are solely dedicated to having fun. Many parents can look back and remember playing sports outdoors, going for walks as a family, and playing make-believe. Play time is extremely important for a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The Fall Season provides an opportunity for great outdoor weather that is both comfortable and safe to spend a long amount of time outside in. Take this time to plan some family activities that take your kids away from their tablets, and encourage them to enjoy nature an explore.

Apple picking, pumpkin picking and attending fairs are a great way to do that. Even going for walks on Saturday morning or taking your child to the park will provide them a chance to let their imaginations wander. If your child has a favorite movie they talk about or says what they want to be when they grow up, take advantage of that knowledge. Let them dress up as their favorite characters or dream career professionals. You can even join in yourself. It is very easy to get lost in the shuffle of routines and schedules.

Take an opportunity as often as you can to remember your children’s minds are developing every day. By making an effort to encourage them to have their play time you will not only provide them with a healthy childhood but a well rounded one as well. Don’t forget to make time for yourself as well!

Parenting is hard work and adults need their play time too!

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