Parents are limiting children’s freedom to play outside.
The hurried pace of society is deleting play, especially outdoor play, from the childhood experience.
Organized activities, while having their own rightful place in a child’s life, are not the same as free, self-selected, spontaneous play, play that is unorganized and unstructured by an adult. It is during this unstructured time that children unwind, relax, focus, and refresh.
During free time children develop leadership and conflict resolution skills. Nobody benefits from over-scheduling. Children can feel as though the focus on activities, instead of on their individuality, is an unspoken criticism of their abilities.
Research shows that families trying to maintain this type of schedule tend to have increased anxiety-related disorders and depression, in both children and parents.