Creative Child July 2017 - Page 9

In her post , Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues , Tracy Gillet says , “ We ’ ve become more sophisticated and entered a unique period in which , rather than struggling to provide enough parents are unable to resist providing too much . In doing so , we ’ re unknowingly creating an environment in which mental health issues flourish .” Gillet wasn ’ t just speaking of too many toys in this piece , she was referring to too much everything – information , activities , things . But there is a link between too much material possession and depression . Clutter has negative effects on our brains , including our children ’ s growing brains .
Studies show that children who have fewer toys actually play more than children with a lot of toys . Claire Lerner , a childhood development researcher with Zero to Three , says , “ Our studies show that giving children too many toys , or the wrong types , can actually be doing them harm . They get overwhelmed and cannot concentrate on any one thing long enough to learn from it .” Limiting toys allows for depth of play as well as boosts creativity as your child finds new ways to play with what he has . In addition , with fewer toys and less overwhelm , you ’ re likely to see fewer meltdowns and sibling squabbles as well .
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In her post, Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues, Tracy Gillet says, “We’ve become more sophisticated and entered a unique period in which, rather than struggling to provide enough parents are unable to resist providing too much. In doing so, we’re unknowingly creating an environment in which mental health issues flourish.” Gillet wasn’t just speaking of too many toys in this piece, she was referring to too much everything – information, activities, things. But there is a link between too much material possession and depression. Clutter has negative effects on our brains, including our children’s growing brains. Studies show that children who have fewer toys actually play more than children with a lot of toys. Claire Lerner, a childhood development researcher with Zero to Three, says, “Our studies show that giving children too many toys, or the wrong types, can actually be doing them harm. They get overwhelmed and cannot concentrate on [HۙH[ۙ™[YX\H] 'H[Z][\[™܈\و^H\[\ܙX]]]B\[\[[]^\^H]]H\ˈ[Y][ۋ]]\\[\ݙ\[K[x&\HZ[HYH]\Y[ۜ[X[]XX\\[