The importance of play and the imagination…

Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

Play is an important part of childhood development and has also been shown to have a positive impact on adults. One form of play is pretending to be someone or something that you are not.  Young children may make-believe they are an animal, a doctor, a mom or dad. Older children and teens might have fun taking on the role of a favorite athlete, movie star, television character or singer.

When we “try on” a new identity, especially of someone who we admire for their positive characteristics, it can build confidence and a positive self-image for children and adults.  It may even help a child or adult get through tasks they don’t like to do.  Imagine being a pirate looking for buried treasure as you clean out a drawer or closet, or your child pretending to be a teacher as they read to their favorite stuffed animal, younger sibling or a…

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