I was asked about two months ago to participate in the 28 Days of Play project hosted by You Plus Two Parenting. Rachel Cedar founder of You Plus Two Parenting put together some of the most talented and notable bloggers, published writers, moms & dads, thinkers and seekers and asked an important question: “Do you play with your children?” In the age of constant motion, digital distraction, and overflowing schedules…something has happened to good old fashion play and we want to understand why. They’ve assembled an esteemed panel of writers from all over the country who have children of all ages to investigate why play feels hard, why we sometimes don’t like it, (and maybe even avoid it!) and how we think it affects our children when we don’t play with them. The entire month of February You Plus Two will be featuring these thought-provoking, candid, vulnerable perspectives on this challenging topic.
My post titled “Cherish Play” is about how my life has transformed in the five years since becoming a mom. To see the full post click here.
Back then, I owned a business and decided to sell it, so I could dedicate all of my time to my son. I was thrown full time into motherhood, which is by far the hardest job I’ve ever had to tackle. Not for a minute am I insinuating that I don’t enjoy it, or that I would have done anything differently, but raising children and keeping a household is pretty serious stuff.
I think some parents forget, or basically do not have the time to play with their children, and it’s something that is so important. Now, when I say play with your kids, I mean getting down on the floor and interacting with them. No talking on the phone, texting, facebooking, folding laundry, or prepping for dinner while playing. I will admit, it is hard to completely disconnect, and it is something that is a constant struggle for me, especially with three children. And although we have our chores and deadlines, carving out at least an hour in your day to make time for your children is key…….
It’s been incredible to be a part of this project!
SITC was not compensated for this post.