Sunday, 14 March 2010

Too much to do makes Jack a dull boy

A new debate has hit the headlines this week highlighting the problems caused by parents who fill their kids lives with endless after school activities. The discussion was sparked when Graham Gorton, chair of the Independent Schools Association said that constantly judging pupils in a target-driven system risks robbing them of "the very essence of childhood". He believes that being denied the opportunity to "just go out and mooch about in the garden" means young people are failing to develop imaginative and inquiring minds. He went on to say "Children like their own company. They lose the capability to amuse themselves if everything is put in front of them in an organised, structured, club type of way."

With this warning in mind check out the article I wrote for today's Times to help remind your kids how to make their own fun.

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