Too often these days, parents feel they have no choice but to pack their child's schedules with adult-supervised, adult-driven activities such as organized sports, even in the summer, when kids have the most free time. But, as a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes clear, such activities should not come at the expense of free and unstructured play, which is critical to healthy child development.
A best-selling parenting author argues that the lack of unstructured play is exacting a heavy price on our kids, but says that if you're
ready to change your high-pressure, overscheduling ways, summer is the
perfect time to get started.
Editors Note: This blog is part of a
special series on dads which originally ran in 2012. Because it is timeless we
are sharing it again.
A sports dad, coach, and longtime youth fitness instructor thinks the adults involved in youth sports, including league
administrators, coaches and parents, need an attitude adjustment: to remember, first and foremost, that the game is for