Category: Dimensions of Play
I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours taking care of kids of every age, with a diversity of needs, developmental stages, experiences and disabilities. I’ve also spent hundreds of hours just observing children and their caregivers. Over time, all of these children have taught me a ton, and as a result, I have grown as a caregiver.
New Horizon Academy CEO Chad Dunkley recently attended an early childhood conference in Baltimore. At the conference, a professor from Georgetown University spoke about recent research on brain development. She spoke to the importance of serve and return.
It’s all natural, easy to find, fun to take and totally addictive in a good way. It’s called “real play” and your family doctor may soon remind you to make sure your children get a healthy dose of it every day. In a new clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that play is a powerful teacher.
When kids tell me that they are bored, I usually ask them to wait until I can find a chair so I can sit down while they tell me all about it. I want them to know how interested I am in their boredom, considering they are in a classroom full of friends and activities. They usually do not hang around long enough to tell me their woes because the underlying message is clear: their boredom is their responsibility.
Our children give us a gazillion reasons to capture moments with pictures on a daily basis. And when we snap that pic, what is often the very first thing they say? “Let me see!” Or, if not talking yet they likely just stomp right over and snatch the camera out of your hand to take a look-see for themselves. While today’s societal standard of “instant gratification” is appreciated on one hand, it also can mean a more uphill battle for learning how to persevere when things take a little longer or don’t go as expected on the other.