But are modern children growing up too fast? There is increasing pressure to grow up faster as a result of our work orientated culture, educational systems, celebrity icons, entertainment and the media. Even dietary habits contribute to accelerating puberty. We are seeing increases in teenage pregnancies, alcohol and drug abuse. Are we creating problems through curtailing childhood and what we know about the functions of play and other childhood pursuits that should help prepare us for adjusting to the demands of adulthood?

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