Friday, 1 July 2011

Play and parenting

More from Stuart Brown:

“On commercial airplanes, the instructions for emergency procedures tell adults that in the event of cabin depressurization, they should put on their own oxygen mask before they assist children. Likewise, in order to help our children we have to recover memories of how we once played, by retracing our own early play footprints. When we do that and create a playful household, everything from education to chores will go better.” p81

“Parents who provide a loving, safe atmosphere and model playfulness will allow the play drive to express itself. If these elements are not present, children may miss one or more pieces of the natural modes of play.” p94

“Movement play lights up the brain and fosters learning, innovation, adaptability, flexibility and resilience.”

“We may think we are helping to prepare our kids for the future when we organise all their time, when we continually ferry them from one adult-organized, adult-regulated activity to another. And, of course, to some degree these activities do promote culturally approved behaviour as well as reinforce our roles as 'good' parents. But in fact we may be taking from them the time they need to discover for themselves their most vital talents and knowledge. We may be depriving them of access to an inner motivation for an activity that will later blossom into a motive force for life.” p105

“It used to be that self-organised play was all kids did.” p105

“Certainly, parents and mentors are pivotal, but the self that emerges through play is the core, authentic self.” p107

“It's easy to start to worry about risks when kids create their own play. … But part of being a parent is learning to accept the limitations of our ability to make our kids safe, successful, and happy.” p108

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