What are you going to play today?

Mom, come play with me.

 

I am sure I hear this about 30 times a day and 29.5 times a day my kiddos hear me say “in a minute”. A minute is never a minute. This breaks my heart a bit and I am sure it is even worse for my kiddos.

This weekend it was different. We tagged along with my hubby on his work trip “Up North” and unplugged a bit. It is TOUGH being cooped up in a hotel room with a 3 and 6 year old because it is booooooring for them. The good news is we were able to find a children’s museum, an awesome playground, and a cool aquarium. 

The difference during this trip is that I finally played. I don’t have many pictures of me playing since I actually kept my phone in my bag for much of the trip…which is tough for me to do. It is embarrassing to admit that but it is true.

It was so much fun to sit and make art with my daughter, watch my son invent a cool “super race track”, and check out a cute baby otter playing. It turns out I still love to color, swinging on swings is super fun, and I loved crawling in the pretend otter den (I have no idea if that is actually what it is called). 

 

Cam's "Super Cool Race Track Invention"

Cam’s “Super Cool Race Track Invention”

Glue + 3 yr old = Bliss

Glue + 3 yr old = Bliss

This made me think about recess. Kids get recess (although not nearly as much as they used to) and I think grown-ups need to have recess too. I did a little research and found I am not the only one who feels this way. In this article by Joyce Slaton on LiveHappy.com, I learned that the super cool founder of  National Institute for Play, Stuart Brown, describes playtime as important as oxygen in adults’ lives. He says, “it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” He also teaches that “play” can help with mood regulation, stress management and boost your immune system. You can read more about his work in Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

I now have a challenge for you. Instead of waking in the morning and thinking immediately, “What am I going to do today?”, ask yourself, “What am I going to PLAY today?”!

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Have fun!

🙂 Cara

P.S. These are the images that popped up while I was looking for “recess” pics to create your #HappyShot on Canva.com. Kinda sad when you are looking to play and someone serves you only bad news recession stuff. It’s time to make a play shift! (I still love you though, Canva.com!)

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