“We tell adolescents that they “play too much” and that they have to “get serious”. When they don’t study hard for school, we tell them that they need more of a sense of urgency about the world, without considering that this may be avoidance behavior or lack of engagement with the material. Further, because we do this, they then tend to see themselves as “past play”. I challenge that as well…”
Excellent. Seriously, do you as a playworker really cater for those older kids? And, hello my youth work chums, do you get that the yoof (still) need to play?