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Current scientific research indicates that play offers plenty of benefits to our children.  However, play isn’t just a way to keep kids happy.   Plenty of play in childhood is part of raising successful adults.

Why do you play?

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato

“It is a happy talent to know how to play” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s fun to have fun” – The Cat in the Hat

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” – George Bernard Shaw

“Just play.  Have fun.  Enjoy the game” – Michael Jordan

“I like nonsense.  It wakes up the brain cells.  Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living” – Dr. Seuss

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning” – Mr. Rogers

“In play we reveal what kind of people we are” – Ovid

“Play keeps us fit physically and mentally.  Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation” – Stuart Brown, MD Founder of the Institute of Play

“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.  You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game” – Mary Poppins

Tell us why you play…

By: Janelle Novell, LMFT, RPT-S  Marriage & Family Therapist / Registered Play Therapist

To schedule an appointment with Ben Novell, LMFTJanelle Novell, LMFT, RPT-S or any of our therapists, please call 951-252-9911.  (Image from






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