I’ve done a bunch of posts on my kids playing in the woods, digging in the dirt, creating new games etc. The reason for this is not that I want to show off my kids and say, “Look everyone, see how bright and creative my kids are!” What I really want to share is my passion for allowing my kids to have the kind of childhood most children had in my generation or earlier. I want them to be able to explore, build, construct, develop, negotiate, create and most of all PLAY. All these verbs describe what we used to call just playing. I want to encourage moms not to be afraid of a little dirt, a little mess, a little chaos. The skills kids learn from free play are invaluable and transfer easily to real life. A group of kids playing in the woods, creating a “town”, means learning how to handle garden tools and construction tools, learning how to negotiate with each other over who lives where, who owns what, what the rules of the community are going to be. It means learning how to make things, expanding your imagination, and creating a sense of ownership and responsibility. Yeah, sometimes I see one of the kids stomping out of the wood, huffing and puffing about something. But before you know it, they’re back, either negotiating or acquiescing. So you’re likely to see more posts on this subject. 🙂
What do you think about child’s play? Do you think our kids today are over scheduled and don’t have enough “down” time free of electronics? What kind of things to you let your kids do that run counter to today’s helicopter parenting?