Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, “Recess.”
They may be on to something.
This week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) came out with a policy statement titled “The Crucial Role of Recess in School.” Recess, they say, is necessary for the health and development of children and should never be withheld for punishment or for academic reasons.
Here’s why recess is so crucial:
- When kids get breaks, they are more able to learn.
- Through play at recess, kids learn communication skills, such as negotiation, cooperation, sharing and problem-solving.
- Play also gives kids opportunities to practice coping skills, such as perseverance and self-control.
- Kids need exercise. The AAP recommends an hour a day, and recess helps with that.
- Kids need to play, “for the sheer joy of it.” Mental health is important too. …
Other stories we’ve been reading:
More high school athletes are using fitness supplements with knowledge of their harmful effects. Parents don’t have to be fit in order for their kids to be fit – supporting your kids’ physical activity is what motivates them to be physically fit.
Parents who feel burned out at work are more likely to have kids who feel burned out at school. If parents use complementary or alternative therapies, their children are more likely to use them too. [Read our blog post on insurance coverage for alternative therapies.] Did you know that your child is more likely to have a mental disorder if you –as a parent – are bipolar?
High cholesterol is putting 20 percent of teens at risk for heart disease. Healthy kids are more likely to die from ecstasy use than regular drug users. If your child smokes cigarettes, it’s much more likely that pot is next.
Toilet seat dermatitis is on the rise. Vaccinating babies against rotavirus could save two million lives a year. [Read our blog post on this year’s updated immunization schedule.] Female teachers might pass on math anxiety to girl students.