Three Reasons To Build (Robust) Playtime Into Your Day

by Becky on May 7, 2013 · 2 comments

in Fun, Travel

Snow Capped Mountains

So I watch my kids interact with each other as we travel. Three things catch my attention.

One. They play.  It’s hard not to have affectionate feelings for people you play with. Seriously. Sure, occasionally somebody wants to be king or queen of the sandbox, and a battle for sovereignty ensues. But by and large, people who play together enjoy each other. Seems axiomatic, don’t you think?

Two. They make memories.  My kids record playtime as Happy Memories. That is, their happiest remembrances of siblings are linked to times they played together (or got into mischief together). Who doesn’t want to grow their cache of Happy Memories? You know–throw some more treasure onto the pile?

Three. Their fun begs to be watched!  Watching your kids play together makes you smile, which ups your happiness quotient. I defy any mother (or any-Anyone, for that matter) to witness a round of robust playtime and then decide she’d rather hang onto her so-so mood.  Really.  Me?–I find it hard to feel partly cloudly when my kids are spraying sunshine at each other.

Playtime.  Yep.

 

Jen Piatt May 7, 2013 at 7:44 am

I completely agree with this – I know that the more time Betsy (my daughter) and I spend playing together, the more we learn about each other. It seems like she talks more, tells me more stories and is less reserved. Yep. More playtime is a must!

Since it stopped raining in Indiana for today, I see a bike ride and park time this evening.

Becky May 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

I love to picture you two staging playtime together! Naturally it would involve some dress-up, and of course some pretend? Hooray for bike rides and park time. Sometime soon I hope we all get to play together. Besitos!

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