child's play


I read an interesting article, The Play Deficit. It talks about children today unlike children many years ago have little time for free play - the kind of play that isn't adult led, adult interrupted or school structured. I've naturally allowed my children tons of time for free play. It's how I grew up. My boys have taken very few play classes and instead spend hours at the playground, exploring the city, playing in the park and playing at home. One section of the article talks about how child led play if allowed can be a useful tool for growing up and even choosing a profession. This made me think of the time when I was around 7 years old. My friend and I dressed in our Sunday best, removed every cubic zirconia from my princess crowns and carried a small table to the end of my driveway to sell our jewels. It seemed like the best idea in the world.
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.” 
― Tom Robbins

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