The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds

  title={The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds},
  author={Kenneth R. Ginsburg},
  pages={182 - 191}
  • K. Ginsburg
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • Psychology
  • Pediatrics
Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and… 

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