BBC Breakfast News this morning was discussing a new campaign set up to advise parents on how to encourage their children to play on their own! For Heaven's sake - what is it about this nanny Britain we live in that prevents parents from just turfing their kids out into the garden or yard and telling them to get on with it? Children are naturally curious and when left to amuse themselves, they will. Hey, I remember when I left my five year old painting a picture in the garden one summer with a glorious new paint set and an easel. Within ten minutes he'd painted my car a beautiful shade of lime green. Yes of course I told him what a clever boy he was!