Denise Robertson: Today's parents are short of time

A new report from Cambridge University says children's play is at risk from adults who 'over-supervise' and 'over-schedule'

Children are having their 'play time' restricted
Children are having their 'play time' restricted

A new report from Cambridge University says children’s play is at risk from adults who ‘over-supervise’ and ‘over-schedule’. Youngsters cannot develop normally and are ‘play deprived’ because of our risk-averse, regimented lifestyles.

This means many lack vital skills such as resourcefulness, independence or self-regulation. It also states leisure time is cut down by too much school work, safety fears and lack of understanding of the impact of free play.

I suppose my generation parented by ear. Today’s mums and dads are often holding down two jobs, ferrying children here and there and always short of that most precious of things, time.

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