My mom used to say “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Those words ring true now more than ever. Meryl Nieman joins Family Connections to discuss the importance of play to raise creative and imaginative kids. In our fast-paced society where children are hooked in and plugged in, assessed by high-stakes testing, and often over-scheduled, the need for imaginative down-time is essential. The creator of Playdate Planet, Meryl discusses developmentally appropriate play, and why play is important to academic success. If you’re tired of running your kids to art and music classes, and sport events, and would rather take a break and watch them make mud pies and run through the house, you’ll find this episode of Family Connections very helpful!