Do your children have a balanced diet of play?

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Two generations: parents and youngsters. One is tech-obsessed, with a short attention span, who find it difficult to talk about their excitements. The other is their children.

Whatever their own addiction to social media or the demands of day-to-day life, mothers are desperate for their sons and daughters to have a more balanced approach to life. They want them to expend less period tucked behind a screen on their own, and more out and about playing with pals or enjoying the board game they were bought for Christmas.

These requires, not ever backed up with experiment, have been noted and developed by academies, many of which extend mindfulness discussions for even the youngest children, helping them to settle down ready to learn after whizzing around the playground.

They have also been seized on by doll manufacturers, for whom standing calm may carry on profit making.

“Anything that encourages emotional play-act should be valued, ” says Natasha Crookes from the British Toy and Hobby Association( BTHA ), who says mindfulness is an emerging topic in the sector.