Mind over Madness–Spend time playing with your kids

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

George Bernarnd Shaw

One of the greatest benefits of working from home while my kids are schooling from home has been the opportunity to play with them!  We’ve been rocking dance parties in the kitchen, bouncing on the trampoline, searching for treasures in the woods, playing hide and seek, and of course tickle monstering.  I will treasure these precious moments that we would not otherwise have time for. Play for kids is essential to their development across the board. Play is a main contributor to learning social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills.  

We often think of play as fit only for children, but the truth is that play has some pretty incredible benefits for adults too. It is imperative that we continue to play throughout our lives to thrive. When we play we release stress, build relationship, boost creativity, promote brain function, and heal emotional wounds!  What are we waiting for? Let’s jump in! Our kids are naturals at play; so let’s take our cues from them, enter into their world, and reap the benefits!

Activities:

Dance Party

  • Turn on some music that your kids love
  • FYI Pandora has an Alvin and the Chipmunks station (you’re welcome)
  • Dance WITH them
  • Sing the words loudly
  • Do a move and encourage them to repeat it
  • OR gently move their hands and legs to the music if they need help
  • Take turns being in the middle of the circle to show off your moves

Movie Inspiration

  • Watch a movie with your kids
  • Afterwards, use the movie as inspiration for play
  • Get outside and move around while you play
  • Have each person choose a character to be
  • Play by mimicking the characters and the plot
  • Try to sing the songs from the movie together
  • Be sure to laugh at yourself

     

Further Reading

The Benefits of Play for Adults

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