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Unsupervised playtime: pros and cons to children's development

As summer begins, those with school-age children have to decide what these kids will do with their weeks off of school and how closely they will be monitored. According to recent news, the amount of structure children have in their free time can have a significant effect on them down the line.
“Unscheduled, unsupervised playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children,” wrote Jessica Lahey of The Atlantic. “It is fertile ground; the place where children strengthen social bonds, build emotional maturity, develop cognitive skills, and shore up their physical health.”
Free time, Lahey continued ...

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