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The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development

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I was able to beat sports practices and go to summer camps because my parents were available to make the commute from one place to another.   Whenever I came home from school I knew that my mom would be there to help me with my homework or take me to sports practice and I always felt like I was very involved. I know several friends of mine stayed in daycare for years and were not able to come home from school and have the chance to go to sports practice because their parents had taken the train and got home too late.

They were angry that their parents weren’ t there and that they couldn’ t participate in the same activities that I did. I know that my development as a child was supported by my parent’ s availability and my mother staying home from work.     I feel that I got to have a lot of extra time to work on homework because my mother always made that a priority and made sure that it was done well and to the teachers' expectations.

My friends who went to daycare got picked up around dinnertime and their parents were tired and seemed to lack interest in what their kids had done that day at school.   Being that my mom was involved in my homework she could see where I might need some extra help and encouragement and knew when I had a test coming so that we could prepare for it.   I am a firm belief that a parent should be home for their children when they arrive from school.   I feel that without my mother being home I was able to attend sporting practices and get rides to friends houses to participate in more social activities.   It also gave me extra time to work on homework and spend more time with my family.   Prompt 3: When our children come home from school they tend to sit in front of a television or computer screen for hours doing mindless activities.

They seem to have time to waste and spend doing mindless activities or possibly getting into trouble. Kids need to understand that there are other people who are not as fortunate as they are and do not have homes to go to and cannot afford to go to school because their parents need them to work.

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