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Playtime Is Over

But should it be? Recess is being cut all across the United States to save money and make more time for in-class activities. What is often left out of the picture is the numerous benefits recess has for your children! Here are 7 reasons why you should be concerned about your child's recess time!

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7. Improved Social Skills

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Developing social skills that allow children to properly interact with their peers and superiors is something that is very important for growth and maturation. Recess allows for these skills to be learnt and built upon.

6. Less Bullying

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Often, recess is taken away from children who misbehave; however, those are the students who need it the most. Recess allows for better conflict resolution skills which leads to less bullying. Improved anger management skills lead to less temper tantrums which I am sure you all would be thankful for.

5. Manage Stress

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When children have the ability to manage their stress, they are able to perform their daily work better and with less mistakes. Stress can also cause your child to not act like their typical selves. Recess can help get them out of that funk.

4. They Think Better

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Children cannot process all the cognitive information required of them if they do not get an adequate break time during the day. Basically, they are going to be able to think more efficiently and logically when they are given a break during the day.

3. Helps with Mental Disabilities

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Children with ADHD are more likely to suffer the negative effects if they go longer without a break. If your child has a disability, recess can have such a positive impact on their life and allow them to be more attentive in the classroom.

2. Physical Activity is Important

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The AAP says children need at least 60 minutes of vigorous activity every day. The CDC says that children should spend no longer than 2 hours a day sedentary, excluding time while sleeping. Physical activity is something important to start young to build bone density, improve heart health, and prevent obesity.

1. It's fun!

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Playtime is a right for children! How many times has your child said their favorite subject is recess? Or they beg you to go to the playground after school? They love to go out, run around, and play, and they deserve to have that kind of fun!

  1. Is it important for your child to have recess?

    You read the whole list now, so what do you think? Should your children have recess?
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    You read the whole list now, so what do you think? Should your children have recess?

    Yes, of course!
    No.

Playtime Is Over

Sorry you think that!

I mean if you want your child to not do better in school, have better health, or have better social skills... To each their own, but maybe read the benefits just one more time.

Sorry you think that!
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You clearly care about your child's health and well-being! Some things that you can do now is stay informed by resources such as Peaceful Playgrounds which is an advocacy group for recess, get other parents together and confront the school board, and don't be afraid to talk to the people in charge (this can even include your legislators). Children deserve their recess time!

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