Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children

Anybody else’s school have rules about not letting the kids jump in puddles?  

How ridiculous is that?  

Send an email home asking parents to send extra clothes with their kids and let them PLAY. 

This morning I happily dug out my son’s rubber boots so he could splash in puddles at recess. When he got home I asked him if he had fun doing just that. He told me, “we’re not supposed to, kids might get all wet, and not everyone has a change of clothes at school.”

So… Instead of simply asking parents to send extra clothes, we take away one of the best parts of this time of year?

“The physical, cognitive, social, and emotional benefits for children are greater with less structured, less supervised play that involves dimensions of risk, challenge, and adventure.”

—Dr. Michael Patte

“Play is how a child learns about risk, problem-solving, consequences, and getting along with others.”

— Bruce McLachlan

“Children need both unstructured free play and playful learning under the gentle guidance of adults…learning takes place best when children are engaged and enjoying themselves.”

—Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

“Risky outdoor play encourages creativity, resilience, and social skills.”

—Child & Family Research Institute, UBC

“Play is essential to development.”

—Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

I promise you it’s more important than wet socks.

Read my article in Neurodiversified.


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Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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