Today’s post is just a simple reminder. Play is good for our kids developmentally, cognitively, physically, and emotionally. It helps them grow, and assists them in experimenting with and discovering the nature of reality. It is actually more of a developmental device than anything else — and certainly no waste of time.
A lot of professional caregivers and educators are coming to rely more heavily on play as a method for “teaching”. There are even a number of us who would like to see all early childhood “education” distilled into this one powerful form of biologically-driven child-led learning. And yet, often I see parents benched on the sidelines refusing to join in with the important work the child is doing.
So the reminder today — Play is good for our kids, but it can also be fun for us. We don’t have to leave it all up to them, and in fact, joining in with them some can be a great way to increase the impact on their learning. It also happens to be a great way to enjoy each other’s presence, to laugh, and to continue nurturing the bond we share — all of which feels good, to them and us.
So get in the game, big kids! Have some fun with your little ones. If you feel like you don’t know how, just ask them to tell you what to do, or jump in anywhere. Chances are you’ll remember how once you’re up to your neck in toys, and pretends, and giggles. Be brave! Having fun won’t hurt you! And in terms of your relationship with your kids, it might be just what the doctor ordered.