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Pediatrics. 2012 Jan;129(1):e204-13. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2953. Epub 2011 Dec 26.

The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bond: focus on children in poverty.

Abstract

Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others. Play also allows children to be creative. It provides time for parents to be fully engaged with their children, to bond with their children, and to see the world from the perspective of their child. However, children who live in poverty often face socioeconomic obstacles that impede their rights to have playtime, thus affecting their healthy social-emotional development. For children who are underresourced to reach their highest potential, it is essential that parents, educators, and pediatricians recognize the importance of lifelong benefits that children gain from play.

PMID:
22201149
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2011-2953
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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