In adult-directed settings, children are weak and vulnerable. In play, they are strong and powerful. The play world is the child’s practice world for being an adult.
Those kids playing shinny until dusk weren’t just wasting time. They were learning life lessons in problem-solving, negotiation and resilience. And they were better off without your help.
The kids don’t play any more
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Nov. 16 2013, 8:00 AM EST