Friday, October 7, 2011

The importance of play

One of the things I love the most about being a mom is playing with my children.

Too often I'm busy rushing to finish the dishes, folding and putting the laundry away, and washing the floors while my children are asking for me to come play with them. While it's great to see independence in my children—to see them playing quietly alone, trying to finish a puzzle, or playing loudly together, building forts out of the couch pillows like brothers do—it's even more fun when I stop the work I'm doing and join in on the fun.

The laughter and giggles and tickles? So worth a sink full of dirty dishes. (That I'll always return to after the children are alseep because I'm OCD like that!)

Sometimes, we need to be reminded about the importance of play. And all the things that make play time so much fun.

Things like...

Getting our clothes wet.

Playing in the sand for hours on end.

Swimming on a hot summer day.

And even enjoying the outdoors on a cold, cold afternoon.

Digging for fossils and treausure.

Eating ice cream.

And a spoonful of Nutella.

Getting lost in a favourite book.

Exploring new cities.

And crashing, because you've had too much fun.

My favourite part of the day is when I'm involved in some sort of play with my children, whether it's reading them a book, giving them a bath, pushing them on the swings at the park, cheering louder than any other mom at my son's soccer game, or swimming with them.

Play time is so important for children, and to them? Seeing you have fun is what always brings out the biggest smiles. This is what they'll remember. These are the moments to cherish.

This weekend, we're celebrating Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful for so much—especially my family, especially my children. I will give thanks by spending some serious quality time with my boys and enjoying the great outdoors. At the same time, we'll be eating... a lot. Including some Kinder Surprises becausae those always make us smile. And chocolate is a very important part of play time, you know!

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

7 comments: said...

Being a mom is a GREAT excuse for joining in on so many fun things!

Love these photos. They are getting so big!!(Like going Trick or Treating :) )

ModernMom said...

Ahhhh crashing because they have had too much fun. That's when you know you have done a great job! Love:)

Bobbi Janay said...

Thank you for this reminder.

Karl said...

Great photos. Have a great holiday with your family.

Ann Imig said...

I don't do enough playing with my kids. I read, I play board games, but not enough "play."

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

That pacifier picture is precious! Happy Thanksgiving.

Liz @ PeaceLoveGuac said...

Ok, I totally need some Nutella now...and a big spoon!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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