In School & Play: How Can You Ensure Your Kids’ Healthy Development?

The importance of play

I attended a networking event once. I was silently crying when listening to the ‘success story’ of one of the panelists. The guy was bragging the exponential growth of his video games company and the huge audience was impressed and clapping. I was having this internal talk: “You must be kidding me… What are you applauding? Are you satisfied of murdering your own kids?”

It was sad for me to witness such a lack of awareness… If every single kid could have been raised as ‘kids’ and stayed connected to their ‘greatness’ through real play instead of killing their creativity with the different ‘entertainment’ forms among other factors – having their caregivers who could be present for them emotionally, help them build healthy boundaries and encourage them to have their own identity, emphasize on their intrinsic worth; in others words that they will unconditionally be loved no matter what they do, nurture their abundance mentality making them willing to grow and thrive without any need to compare themselves to their peers, etc…– we would have been living in a different world.

Of course, the balance would not be fully reached to be realistic, since there will still be psychopaths whose brain has been proved to function abnormally; unless the science could decorticate the abnormalities in details and probably find a way to treat them in the future…

Most of this evidence has come from brain imaging studies examining activity levels in certain regions of the brain, the results of which have caused many to speculate that there might be abnormalities in the basic brain ‘wiring’ of psychopaths that make it difficult or impossible for them to develop a normal sense of concern for the welfare of others.

~Dr. George Simon

We also need to be honest and admit there are many character-disturbed parents who would never be able of such a noble mission; simply because the only thing they care about is themselves. They would rather be a source of abuse. This has been previously discussed here: Shall we take our kids’ sanity more seriously?

So, assuming you are not part of this dangerous group, you basically have two options:

  • Keep your kids connected to their gifted talents and the potential they would be progressively developing and using as contributions in our interdependent world. Those passions can literally create miracles if combined with the healthy subconscious program you would be writing for them in alignment with the principles and their original great ‘being’.
  • Slowly killing them from the inside when hijacking both who they are and what they can offer to the world in terms of ‘dos’ requiring all their creativity and a magnificent synergy between their left and right brains.

I truly hope you will go for the first option. More importantly, that you will become knowledgeable and work on your own invasive program so that the choice could be possible in the first place. I don’t only believe you can, but that you will also do anything for your kids!


Myriam Ben Salem
Myriam Ben Salem
I am deeply passionate about everything life has to offer. Writing has been my very favorite means to educate my audience, captivate their attention, talk to their emotions, and make them relate and take action. I have been honored by working as a columnist for BIZCATALYST 360°, an Award-Winning life, culture, and biz new media digest, serving as the global hub for enhanced performance and well-being, during 2020. Also, I am a contributing author in Mayhem to Miracles: True Stories of Courage, Triumph, and Peace. I am so in love with writing that I have a peaceful smile drawn on my face whenever I start visualizing the books I will be writing for whoever will be tempted to discover an inclusive philosophy breaking with all the stigmas! I was born in Tunisia, a small country in North Africa. I did pretty much everything earlier than the average: walking, talking, singing, dancing. Promoted throughout my entire education, I was also the leader of every end-of-year party. At some point, after working several years for multinational companies as an engineer, team leader, project coordinator, and product owner while always being a top performer, I figured out I was feeling miserable despite the 'perfect external image'. That marked the starting point of an existential crisis followed by an episode that triggered my re-birth and the beginning of the most rewarding adventure of my whole existence: re-writing my subconscious program and reconnecting with my true self. I was saved at the last moment through an out-of-body experience making me see all the lies, realize this gigantic Universe was not revolving around me. Most importantly, I was able to visualize I was here to leave a legacy like all of you, no matter how big or small! The butterfly took time to emerge though. Today, I identify myself as a Universal Citizen. Like-minded and light-hearted people are what I call home. I am deeply passionate about everything life has to offer, and was granted the edutainer qualifier: a combination between education and entertainment! I educate on the importance of healing unsuspected traumas, seeing our limiting beliefs and biases with honest lenses, finding one's purpose and a principled mission that goes beyond the self, and unleashing the hidden potential so that to leave our legacy for the generations unborn. I have been using a panoply of means that could vary from explicit ones such as mentorship, speaking, and writing, a skill that emerged naturally during my self-actualization process to implicit mediums like storytelling, how I daily show up in the world and model servant leadership! Writing is my very favorite and most preferred tool deployed for my mission. The topics I explore are in the nexus of stoic philosophy, psychology, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and pretty much any topic involving human behavior. Common denominator? The quality of the subconscious program. You may have a look at some of my works published on my website; Set Yourself Free.

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  1. Myriam I am completely aligned with taking an active part in our children’s lives. I was told when I was casually talking to my high school students one day, that, “you are a strict parent,” because (I) monitored what my kids watched on t.v. and wouldn’t let them watch or buy certain movies.

    When my now adult son, was a teenager, bought (with his own money) video games containing violence and bad teaching, I took the games and threw them in the garbage.

    I told him I didn’t want that garbage in my house and that it affected him negatively. Today he is a parent, and I think he knows I did it out of love for him.

    Great article Myriam.

    • Wohohooooooo wasn’t aware you were a grandma 🤩🤩🤩

      I trust you did and are still doing your best with your kids my beloved friend!

      Thank you so much for never stopping supporting the right causes! I appreciate you so much 🤗💙🤗