The importance of unstructured play is terribly underestimated. Kids need time to simply play alone and with other children. As parents, we tend to over organize our children. We want to plan out their activities and day.
Sports are an important element of play. They foster teamwork, cooperation, and self-confidence; however, as adults we have overganized sports with too much emphasis on “winning” and not enough emphasis on developing skills such as running, catching, jumping, throwing. Children Need to develop their motor skills. Inately, children enjoy the opportunity to play with each other, and even makeup activities and games.
Our emphasis on competitation has reached absurd extremes. It often seems that parents are more invested in their childs’ sports, than the child herself. We start competition at too young an age. Let your child develop physically before involving them in competition.
Childhood is supposed to be FUN