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Unstructured Play Makes Kids Smarter | Care2 Healthy Living

Unstructured Play Makes Kids Smarter | Care2 Healthy Living

There are children in my extended family that hold such an impressive array of cultivated skills and talents, that I could see my utter obsolescence and relative inferiority take shape on the immediate horizon like a hulking downpour threatening to drench me in my own mediocrity. They play not one, but three team sports, they are accomplished in violin, piano, and cello, they ski and snowboard, and are proficient in gymnastics and karate (Not to mention their ability to effortlessly work the remote on a satellite television). This junior CV is all thanks to an ambitious and unyielding array of classes, lessons, and instructions in both curricular and extracurricular activities that occupy nearly every waking hour of their pre-adolescent lives. Impressive? Yes. Problematic…indeed. Sidetracking the whole over scheduling phenomenon that has gotten a boatload of press and seem...

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