Friday, April 22, 2016

Why the World Needs More Recess

It’s safe to say my family survived spring break this year, though if you’d asked me at the time, I wasn’t so sure.

It wasn’t the fact that we didn’t jet off to a tropical location – we never do. It wasn’t because we had a houseful of kids – that’s pretty typical. You’re my neighbor, so you already know what the trouble was this year. It was the weather. Snow and biting temps kept us cooped up while outside, birds chirped their lament and daffodils begged for redemption.

We tried all the tricks – the library, Netflix, board games, special snacks. In the end, the only thing that worked was the discovery that nylon bean bags could be ridden down the basement stairs, rodeo-style.

A pattern emerged. The kids would enjoy twenty minutes or so of this revolutionary enchantment then emerge ready to focus on something a bit less eardrum-rattling. Though I didn’t necessarily understand the appeal and grew weary of tending to the results of underdeveloped navigational skills, I saw value in letting them get loud and rowdy at regular intervals. When all was said and done, imagination and play is what saved us...

I wrote a piece for my local newspaper about why recess matters. Click here to continue reading.