01 December 2009

Why Play Is Important



We woke up this morning as we usually do --with kids running into our room and climbing onto our bed and snuggling with us. After a few minutes of quiet snuggling, they were up and ready to start their day.

Snippets from this morning:


Zoë: Come on! (Pulling Chris out of bed.) I count and you run far, far away, okay? To the finish line far, far away. Come on, Daddy. I really waiting for you!

When Chris made it to the “finish line,” Zoë said, “I clapping for you, Daddy. Here is big gold medal.”

Zoë: Oh, a ball, Daddy! Fetch! Fetch, Daddy! (This one totally cracked me up.)

Josh: Poor Mommy! (Fits of giggles. This has been going on since yesterday. I don’t know what tickles him so whenever he says that.)
Zoë: Not poor Mommy. Cute, cute Mommy! (Now, can you tell why this little girl has me wrapped around her little finger?)


Listening to all that this morning, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face and the joy from my heart. I want Josh and Zoë to be the children that they are, that they need to be –loved, secure, happy, and reveling in the joy of carefree play. Too soon, they will start ‘real’ school, they will grow older and might find some of what they so enjoy doing now childish. While I do long for the day when when they will lose their whininess and their uncanny ability not to hear me when I tell them to do something, the one thing I don’t want them to ever lose is that childlike love for play, in whatever form.


I hope that, like Chris, both Josh and Zoë will be able to sustain this childlike love for play way beyond their childhood. To see an adult enjoying play the way a child would is so refreshing. In the face of the grind and stress of ‘real’ life, to be in the presence of an adult who has not forgotten what it is like to be a child is like a balm to the spirit.

More than being good for the soul, play is apparently “deeply involved with human development and intelligence.” This is a clip that I saw in Gweipo’s blog. It is 26+ minutes long, but if you have the time, I really recommend that you watch it. Dr. Stuart Brown, psychiatrist and play researcher, talks about why play is more than fun.





15 COMMENTS:

Booklover1212 said...

What a great video and a great reminder that play is such an important part of our children's lives as well as academic achievement. Thanks for sharing!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

LPC said...

Not to put a damper on things, but they will be asking you to "Fetch" for a long, long time:). And all wild love is wonderful.

Menopausal New Mom said...

That's such a great idea to download this video for all us moms to view. Great info and yes, play is so important, you see it in the wild too with the baby animals. More to it than just fun and games isn't there.

Alicia said...

LOL about telling daddy to fetch!! That is too cute!!

I agree about the playing and interacting like that with the kids. Just being downright silly is such a blessing to them, and to us as parents. It's the times like that that they will always remember!

smiles4u said...

I don't have time to watch this right now but hopefully will in the near future. I do believe playing is so important yet not taken as seriously as it should be. It is a lost art of today. It wasn't that long ago that I wrote about my concern about children needing to just play. Yes, playing with mom and dad is great but children just getting to play without adults interrupting or directing is a beautiful thing. Children playing without being entertained is almost a thing of the past. Playing is a childs work...it's important because it's in playing that they figure so much out about themselves, others and the world. I look forward to watching this video but I highly doubt that I will be surprised at what they say on it.

Your morning sounds lovely...a lot like mine. Enjoy these mornings because it doesn't take long and they are gone. I love hearing the things kids have to say...so innocent and honest and refreshing. XX Lori

golonghorns said...

I'll be back to watch this later but love that you feel so convicted to share this info and encourage others with our parenting journey. It takes a village and I count you as part of my tribe! I have a simple sewing project your kids might love posted today!

Lindy said...

I agree, play is good for the body, mind and soul!

Life is good! said...

i love watching children play. and they don't do it enough. i remember my own playing for hours. toys, imagination, whatever. i just don't think younsters play enough, they are to into computers and video games! they need good old fashioned play!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love Ted Talks! And absolutely - we learn through play. And we renew through play.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

My kids dont do enough "imagination" playing!

JennyMac said...

play is good for everyone involved...not just the munchkins. :) Great post Buckeroo!

Mommy24cs said...

Play is so very important. Carson's playroom is right next to my craft room so I love to sit and listen to him playing and making up stories and talking. He has the greatest imagination and will pick everyday objects such as empty boxes rather than toys and play for hours.

Aunt LoLo said...

LOVE it. I notice that whenever we're on vacation, away from our house full of TOYS, the kids are...happier. Calmer. Less selfish. Interesting. ;-)

Heather said...

So cute! Love that part "Fetch Daddy" too, very funny! I loved this entry, I completely agree and have hopes that my children will always be able to keep that childlike wonder about life, to always have an imagination and dreams.

Herb of Grace said...

One of the things that endeared me to j early on was his ability to play :) At the time it was his youngest brother (both of us have siblings fifteen or so years younger) and now he continues with his own children. It's such a great example to our kids!

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