UNDER DOCTOR’S ORDERS
The Make Time 2 Play campaign has appointed Dr Linda Papadopoulos as Ambassador to help spearhead its work throughout the year. Dr Papadopoulos is a respected and popular counselling psychologist known for her work on children’s issues and the effects of media and societal change on children’s social and emotional development.
The Make Time 2 Play campaign is a long-standing initiative run by the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) to encourage parents to ring-fence time within children’s busy lives for play time and to understand the vital role play has in developing healthy childhoods.
“As a parent as well as a psychologist, I recognise the time pressures that are on both parents and children. Sometimes, in our attempt to create fulfilled and rewarding childhoods for our children, we can overlook that basic ingredient for a happy child: play,” commented Dr Papadopoulos.
“Children need space and time to work through the life skills they are developing every day, and play enables this. But also, like all of us, children sometimes just need a break, so I’m completely supportive of the Make Time 2 Play campaign and what it stands for and I look forward to exploring different themes over the coming year, ” she continued.
Natasha Crookes from the BTHA commented: “We are delighted to have Dr Papadopoulos join us on our campaign. Although the basic argument is a simple one, there are a number of more complex issues that arise when discussing play and we’re confident that we have an ambassador that can help us discuss those issues in depth but with the clarity of vision that she brings to all of the issues that she tackles.”
Further details on Make Time 2 Play and its objectives can be found at http://www.maketime2play.co.uk and on the campaign’s Facebook page. You can also download the app, which is free of charge, and holds hundreds of play ideas for children of all ages.