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When summer knocks our doors, life gets more hectic. We start thinking about travel plans, summer camps, swimming lessons, reading programs and much more. Have you ever thought about a different summer? A summer with a twisted plan? Perhaps a “do nothing” summer? A Winnie the Pooh-style summer where doing nothing is the best thing

When summer knocks our doors, life gets more hectic. We start thinking about travel plans, summer camps, swimming lessons, reading programs and much more. Have you ever thought about a different summer? A summer with a twisted plan? Perhaps a “do nothing” summer? A Winnie the Pooh-style summer where doing nothing is the best thing to do?

Mr. Rogers once said, “Children live to play, play to learn, live to learn.”

Play is often talked about as if it’s a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Child psychologists agree that kids need free play to thrive. Peter Gray’s new book “Free to Learn” explains how crucial play is for the healthy psychological development of our children. He suggests playing with other children as a way for them to learn to make their own decisions, control their emotions, see from others’ perspectives and make friends.

I concur that it’s a kid’s right to have fun in the summer after a long school year. Play is really the work of childhood. So before you cram their summer schedule with planned activities, give your kids a chance to just play.

-Sarah

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