Less time to play may hurt child development

09/23/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

Researcher Peter Gray says that children with less play time are more likely to feel anxious, depressed, helpless and narcissistic. Writing in a special issue of the American Journal of Play, he also said children toady have less freedom to play than they did 50 years ago, partly because of hyper-vigilant parents. Free play allows children to acquire basic competencies needed as they approach adulthood, including problem solving, decision-making and self control, Gray writes.

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