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Trainees, enter the SOPT Essay Contest for a chance to be published in Pediatrics! The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds Kenneth R. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. INTRODUCTIONPlay is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.

1 This birthright is challenged by forces including child labor and exploitation practices, war and neighborhood violence, and the limited resources available to children living in poverty. No single set of guidelines could do justice to the many factors that impact on children’s play, even if it was to focus only on children living in the United States. These guidelines will focus on how American children with adequate resources may be limited from enjoying the full developmental assets associated with play because of a family’s hurried lifestyle as well as an increased focus on the fundamentals of academic preparation in lieu of a broader view of education. These guidelines were written in response to the multiple forces that challenge play. Although the guidelines were written in defense of play, they should not be interpreted as being against other forces that compete for children’s time. THE BENEFITS OF PLAYPlay allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.

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