Let your kid be a kid!
She notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children play outside as much as possible, for at least 60 minutes a day. Unfortunately, almost half of our children aren’t getting any time outside. Sending kids outside to play more often would not only go a long way toward combating our childhood obesity problem, it would simultaneously allow kids to enjoy more unstructured play. “Most experts agree that kids should have twice as much unstructured free time as structured playtime,” says Levine. “Every child is different, but as Ken Ginsburg, MD, a leading expert on resilience, says, ‘What every child needs is free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.’”