My heart is beating!
I’m trying not to breathe too loud or he will know where I am…
I’m trying to get my body as small as possible…
I can hear him coming down the stairs…
my heart beats faster and I get this tight warm feeling deep in my tummy!
I hear him opening the sliding door in the room next door….its now or never.!
So I take a deep breathe,
I slip on my night vision goggles, grab my light-saber and I do the best rock and roll out from under the bed that I can!
I sprint to attack him from behind with all my might yelling at the top of my lungs ‘ARRRRRHAHHAHAH YYYYYYAAAAAA’(at this point any noise will do), oh poop…he has a smoke bomb …that’s not in the rules, he cheated, that’s it I’m telling….MUMMMMMMM!
Play is a vital part of child development for using imagination, creativity, running around is exercise, its socialising and its compromise when learning to solve problems..
However, as we grow, we must ‘act our age’ and become less energetic, less playful and less enthusiastic. All to meet the standards of cultural conditioning.
So why are numbers so high in depression, anxiety, socially awkward humans, or even people having eyesight and postural issues from always looking on a screen
When do we lose this sense of adventure and excitement and turn into gremlins that can’t communicate or use our imaginations?
The definition of play is to ‘engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.’
In today’s society it is more and more common that adults especially mums are trying to ‘do everything’ and have a balanced work/home life because they have that opportunity in today’s world.
However, repercussions of this are that for a mum to work from home they need the child to be quiet so they sit them in front of the iPad or TV for an hour while they do some work…which is great for the mum but what’s that doing the Childs development?
More often or not you see kids sitting together sharing their latest games on their parents’ phones rather than playing, moving and using their imagination!
You see young couples out for dinner together both on their phones rather than communicating with each other and being present…Since when can humans not talk?
The art of play helps develop a young Childs left and right brain, their spatial awareness, communication skills and problem-solving skills….in the sense of how can we best defeat Captain underpants before he takes over the world?? …serious business!
It allows children to be active, to run around, learn to climb, learn to jump and importantly learn to fall!
For young girls that play with a baby born, it teaches them how to nurture, how to care and have responsibilities. All of these things are vital for adult hood…if these links are missing, what will adults turn into?
So, we know this is vital for infants to young children, but what about adults? ABSOLUTELY!! I’m not saying we should be running around the office hiding from captain underpants…would be fun, though right?
I’m saying that adulthood life is taken too seriously and we forget that sense of play, that vital part of being human!!
Throughout human life we have always played its just now in the form of sports. Being a parent and playing with your child not only allows you to play but it also shows your child that adults can too have fun! These are the things that keep you young mentally and physically!
Don’t be stuck in the social robotic norm of today’s society!
Why sit there watching your children play wishing you could relive those old days….
TODAY is that day… this life you are living now!
Humans are animals so just like every other animal we are meant to play! So, let’s stop acting like emotionless machines and start acting like playful monkeys again.
…the way humans are meant to!!
Big Smiles Animals,
Kenneth R. Ginsburg and the Committee on Communications,(2019),‘TheImportance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds’, AAP New and Journals Gateway, January 2007,
Available at: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182
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