Parents want to prepare children for adult life as good as possible: educational toys, music lessons and English, math problems before school. In kindergartens and primary schools are now too, not just draw and play – and engaged in development.
Of course, parents want to give children the best and are ready for that serious efforts – but often they do not take into account the most important thing: the children should play , and the more, the better.
This game promotes the development of the brain and is essential for the proper development of the child. However, in recent years, the amount of free time available to children has decreased so dramatically that many experts, including the German neurobiologist Gerald Hyuter, sounding the alarm.
Game deficit undermines the foundations of child development
Experts estimate that over the last 20 years, children have lost more than 12 hours of free time a week.
And the lack of free play has consequences – it warns the American Academy of Pediatrics (American Academy of Pediatrics). This authoritative alliance uniting pediatricians usually speaks about the medical problems, such as whooping cough, or leukemia. It underscores how seriously we should treat the issue of the game.
Game deficit undermines the foundations of a child’s development – this claim doctors on the basis of research results.
German neurobiologist Gerald Hyuter published a whole book about this very real threat. In the “Save the game!”, Written in collaboration with the philosopher Christoph Kvarchia, he was in favor to consciously build the game in the daily schedule.
G.Hyuter “game – it is a fertilizer for the brain and nutrition for a baby shower”
Hyuter explains that the game is released substances that are responsible for communication in the brain. Catecholamines, endogenous opiates and other peptides stimulate the development of neural networks. And neural connections do not occur as a result of training and development activities and free play. In an interview with “Blick” Swiss newspaper Hyuter said: “In order to maximize the enormous potential to stabilize the development of the brain and reveal the talent inherent in our children, we must provide them with the opportunity to play as long as possible.”
Dense schedule hinders the development of
When we constantly require children to perform certain actions and focused, we deprive them of this possibility. “They can not activate the whole range of knowledge and skills, which are incorporated in their brains in the form of networks”, – says Hyuter.
Day painted by the minute, even if the schedule are football or dancing – filled with obligations. But children need the freedom and time to play.
“Thanks to neurobiological research, we know that it is absolutely pointless game best stimulates the development of connections in the brain,” – says Hyuter.
Game deficiency leads to impaired social behavior
It is scientifically proven that the healthy development of young animals should play. For example, if you do not give the pups play, the cortex develops properly, and animals for life is disturbed social behavior.
The children in the game to try on different roles and perspectives and thus learn a variety of ways of thinking and strategy.
“And so they lay the foundation for the most important human ability – the ability to be creative. Play – it’s the same thing to learn! “- Says Renz-Polster.
Give your children what they need most
For this reason, today’s parents should provide their children with free time, when they can just be children and grow in a natural way through the game.
This free time is necessary to win the multitude of obligations that already exist in the child, and cherish it as the apple of his eye. For a happy and healthy childhood – a pledge that our children will become strong and happy adult life.
Defending their childhood, we make the children the greatest gift of their lives. HuffPost blogger Tracy Gillette perfectly formulated in one of the most popular posts: “Our children will be adults for life and deal with the difficulties encountered on their way. But they have only a short, fleeting period when they can be kids. Mischievous, cheerful children. ”
And we should not deprive them of this.