I wrote this for another page I contribute to. I thought I would share.
Child’s play. An interesting topic. All too often, I think we think of playing as something ‘childish’ something that us grown-ups shouldn’t do. We are all too busy being an adult and facing the challenges of the world, that we can miss the opportunity to be playful, to be a little bit silly, to free ourselves of the need to always be ‘sensible’. When parenting we have to grow up, to lead a good example, to show our children how to act in society. However, in doing so, we can lose the ‘inner child’ the part of us that wants to let go of convention and to have fun, really laugh out loud, silly rapturous fun.
For me, being a Nanna has opened the door once more to the joys of sharing a childhood and not having the responsibility of having to be ‘responsible’ and ‘sensible’ all the time. At Nanna’s house, we can bake, watch movies, play games, ride bikes. Life is not about chores and school and learning – though we do still learn through play – life at Nanna’s is ruled by fun and enjoying being with each other. Child’s play to me is about enjoying life through their eyes and being the example of a life that doesn’t have to always be serious and sensible. Child’s play is learning to live, love and laugh in the moment. X