Where ever I look, be it friends, books, magazines, websites, or blogs, I’m bombarded with an overload of information about what I should be doing to make my kids’ smarter, brighter and stronger. And that is all well, because isn’t that what we all want for our children? I am, however, stumped by the amount of importance we’re placing on what we as parents can do to jettison our kids’ into the future. We’re focussing a lot of energy into the future and in the process, we’re missing out on the present. Or rather, we’re making them miss out on their present work, which primarily is, to play.
We feel pressuressed by all the talk we encounter on countless platforms about the importance of starting early in life…music lessons, swimming lessons, dance lessons…they’re so many options out there and we’re afraid if we don’t try hard enough, they might miss out on their genius. We feel guilty that we’re not doing more. Worried that it’s not enough. And so we end up over-complicating things by trying to tackle too much at once; by trying to push our children into growing up sooner than they are ready to grow up. We’re concerning ourselves too much with what next, instead of being in the present and allowing our children to be children.
There’s no perfect sequence of things we should be doing today in order to grow a successful, happy, extraordianary individual tomorrow. Sooner than later, we all learn how to go potty in the potty seat, we all learn to eat with the spoon, and we all understand it’s not polite to climb up the dining table. Let’s not rush them. Let’s not weigh them down with disciplines and responsibilities. Let’s not make work out of play. Let’s not try to make little people out of them. But instead, let’s be little children with them. This moment is here, and it is absolutely enough. Let’s fill our childrens’ lives with less work, more play.
On that note, I give you two free printable that’ll remind you to play.