Today on Exchange Everyday, they talked about the importance of play as a way to handle the stress of life and to work through experiences. These comments are important for both children and adults.  You can sign up for Exchange Everyday at

Here was today’s, August 27th post.

Power of Play to Help Children Cope
August 27, 2020

All life is change. Times of change are opportunities to change things for the better. We all have inner guidance that begins in childhood and is with us today.
-Rusty Keeler

Nancy Carlsson-Paige, in an article in the Provincetown Independent, writes this about the power of play to help children deal with adversity:

“Not only does play foster cognitive development, it is also the primary way that young children maintain emotional balance. Play is how kids cope.

We see reports of how children are playing out the Covid experience. They zap the virus, they wave it away, they make medicine and pretend to help sick people. These mirror accounts of children playing out other challenges and traumas they have faced. Once children return to school, they are going to need a lot of time to play in order to process what they’ve been through with Covid-19. This is what will help them regain a sense of security for going forward.”

Rusty Keeler, in his inspiring new book, Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?, writes about play’s importance this way:

“Play is a biological need and a necessity for healthy development. Freely chosen, child-directed play should be an unalienable right of all children everywhere. It should be supported, celebrated, honored, and allowed. We should listen to children. We should provide for their needs. We should work our hardest to support and lift up the beauty and wonder and wildness that is children’s play.”

Source: “Taking Stock of What We’ve Done to Young Children,” by Nancy Carlsson-Paige, The Provincetown Independent, August 13, 2020



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