(Originally posted on Facebook and Instagram on 4/15/2020)
Parents, you have enough to worry about, especially right now. Please don’t feel like you need to be dictating and engineering every moment of your kids’ lives. The pressure is too great for you and for them. And sometimes leaving them alone with a box of blocks is more beneficial than any lesson plan you can create.
Play is the work of childhood. It is how kids gain a sense of mastery over their experiences and their environments and has tremendous benefits for cognitive, emotional, and social development. It inspires autonomy, creativity, resilience, and feelings of competence. Don’t underestimate its power.