This is an excellent article from the Washington Post by Valerie Straus is about the decline in play can lead to all kinds of sensory issues. What they mean by that is that children are not allowed to play “normally”. Why this has happened is because kids are very much controlled by their parents (and school) to do play dates, controlled activities, educational activities and so on. It makes it tough for kids to allow their natural senses to take over and govern their actions. This leads to kids getting emotional quickly and not being able to pay attention for long periods of time.
It is very unfortunate that this is the case. Why this is happening more and more is not entirely clear according to the article. Although they do seem to point at parents being very controlling of kids. It does lead one to say that kids should just be allowed to play by themselves and develop their own instincts. This is very important in the long term development of kids. It is what I do with mine. They do have structure to their day, but I give them a lot of time to just play outside and also be in their room and just be bored. (apparently this is good for kids too)
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