Psychiatrist Dr. Francie Broghammer talks about the importance of play for mental health and development – for both kids and adults. She defines the difference between play and activity, explains the brain science behind the effects of playing, and shares some tips for incorporating more play in our lives.

Top 3 Take-Aways:

  1. Play is important at all ages.
  2. Work can be play.
  3. Family play can be improved by “Sabbathing” – taking Sundays seriously.

Quotes Shared:
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” –Fred Rogers

““It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” -GK Chesterton (“Oxford from Without,” All Things Considered)

“Don’t use force in training the children in the studies, but rather play.” -Plato (The Republic)


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