Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
I know, I know! There is no such thing as a “play ethic”! But I think there should be.
Play, REAL play, is not frivolous.
Play, particularly unstructured, child-led, creative play, provides the opportunity to recharge and regenerate and learn and grow in ways that structured play (or even enjoyable work) does not. This means, no adult is telling them what to do, how to do it, where to do it or how to improve their skill in it. It doesn't matter if they choose yellow to colour the sky and pink for the grass. It doesn't matter if they learn nothing "useful" in the process. It matters that they are in charge of their imaginations, allowed to be and feel and do whatever they wish - within reasonable bounds of safety and pro-social behaviour which means....no risk-taking behaviours or purposefully hurting others.
There are a great number of books written about the value of play so I won’t pretend to be able to justify it all here – suffice it to say, play matters!
Make a deliberate effort to set aside the time and let your children play. And see if you can't book some time to play yourself!