Why teens need play time, too

If you’re a parent for whom the phrase “play time” has a frivolous connotation when applied to your teen, this ten-minute interview with Denise Pope of Challenge Success and Sandra Russ, clinical child psychologist and professor of psychological sciences at Case Western Reserve University, might change your mind.

They’re not advocating that kids sacrifice their ambition and work ethic so they can goof off with their friends. But Pope and Russ do remind us that play time is linked to creativity, stress release, and interpersonal skills, all of which are crucial factors to success before, during, and after college.