Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, many of us stopped playing. We exchanged play for work and responsibilities. When we do have time for leisure, we zone out in front of the TV or computer instead of joining our kids in creative, brain-stimulating play. As adults, we need to give ourselves permission to play. Play isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity!It’s important that we give our children regular times to play, but it’s also important to give ourselves time to play as well.

Building Relationships With Your Kids

Playing with your children on a regular basis builds relationships with them and your spouse. Don’t let time to play with your family slip away from you.

Play helps develop creativity, flexibility, and learning. Play lifts our spirits and helps us connect with others in delightful, meaningful ways.

Through regular play, our children learn to trust us and feel safe. By just playing together, we can encourage our children to try new things, and by playing together, we can learn to work together.

Play helps and improves social skills. Children learn to give and take. They learn about verbal communication, following instructions, body language, safety rules, freedom and boundaries, cooperation and teamwork, etc. Who knew play was so important.

Toys have changed through the years, but our need to play hasn’t. Think back to when you were a child.What were your favorite toys? This video shows the changes in toys through 100 years. You might be reminded of some special toys and activities that you want to share with your kiddos.

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan