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  Why can't children just play anymore? 20 Apr 2004  
Image: Children playing
Are parents filling their childrens' lives with too many activities?

What's wrong with just playing?

How did your children spend their time during the Easter holidays? Did they take educational trips to museums, play tennis or have extra tuition in maths? 

And what if you have a young baby? Have you signed up for swimming lessons, music classes, or even French for toddlers?

Woman's Hour talks to some mums who feel pressurised into arranging educational activies for their children.

And Jenni asks authorJan Stimpson and journalist Kathryn Flett whether our children's lives are too organized - and why we seem to have forgotten the value of play.

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