Entries by Rana Sioufi PhD

Let Yourself Play

In our world of harsh binaries between good/bad, love/hate, liberal/conservative, creator/consumer (to name but a few), learning is seen as the opposite of playing. In other words, there is a time to learn which is separate from playtime and the purpose of the latter is to take a break from the former. Over the last few decades, we have, unintentionally or not, removed play from school and after-school free time. There is an incline toward adult-directed structured activities where children learn skills and rules, such as music lessons or the practice of a sport so they learn to play the guitar or play soccer, for instance. What tends to be sacrificed is time to play freely while playing music or sports, by themselves or with other kids, and without adult management.