When was the last time you hopped? On one foot? For fun; not because you stubbed your toe navigating through the house in the middle of the night.
When was the last time you played a game that was actually on a board with other players waiting for their turn and not a mobile device?
When was the last time you ran to beat someone to a finish line?
When was the last time you chased a ball?
When was the last time you rolled on the grass?
When was the last time you made a paper airplane and threw it?
When was the last time you did anything like that?
You may lose every hand at the card game. You may be the last one to cross the finish line. You may not be able to handle the ball like you used to. You may not do anything like you used to, but something good happens when your children see you not having to be so grown-up.
I’m not talking about being childish, but being child-like. I’m talking about being a person who remembers how to play. I’m not talking about being irresponsible but less grown-up filtered. Don’t let your children grow up thinking that the only “playtime” you have is for “adults-only” and requires drinks.
Do you remember the movie “Hook?” The main character Peter Panning (played by the late Robin Williams) was always stuck to his phone on a business call. His children were kidnapped by Captain Hook, and the only way to win his children back was to battle Captain Hook as Peter Pan.
Being playful makes you approachable. It counters the stress that you may unknowingly transfer to your children. Go beyond barking orders and managing behavior. There will be times that the best way to connect with your children is through play.
Thanks for dropping by. Your comments and insight are always appreciated. When was the last time you played with your children?