My sister emailed this amazing article today concerning the decrease in play time being positively correlated to the increase in mental illness in our children. Mental Illness!!!?? The amount of play that our children are exposed to on a daily basis may effect their mental health for the rest of their lives??!! Dramatic...??? My experience has been that a child with mental illness turns into an adult with mental illness, and usually with even greater severity. Are we honestly willing to take the chance that more of our children turn into broken adults?? What do we fear in playtime - disorder? curiosity? imagination?
My 4 children have been sick with a long-lasting stomach virus. Today they wrote for about 10 minutes, read for maybe 5, and visited the library for a bit. Afterwards, I wanted nothing more than to get them outside breathing the crisp Autumn air and to crunch leaves and play! I fear we are wasting something beautiful by waiting for the calendar to read summer vacation! 2 months will never make up for the 10 months of ignored childhood!