playing

Kids these days have no idea what it is really like to build a fort with all the pillows from your couch.
If taking my child to a theatre event will help him be a better "player," that's worth a missed nap.
Animals are cute. Kids are cute. So what does kids playing with animals make? One really cute video! These friendships are fun, adorable and one of a kind. Their happiness is contagious.
Do you ever wonder why your child behaves the way she does? How many times in a single day do you ask yourself, "Why did she do that?"
Those who can improvise, be creative, make others laugh, adapt quickly to a new situation, take a tense situation and make it into an adventure, those are the people we admire.
I swear, lambs are totally nuts! One day, I biked along a meadow, when I suddenly witnessed some strange white movements from the corner of my eye. Some lambs were jumping around like crazy, and for a moment I wondered if they might be suffering Mad Sheep Disease.
I had finally found a way to relate to him -- one that was truly satisfying for both of us. I was delighted to see his happiness. When I realized I could bring pleasure to my "new Ed" it was more than enough to make up for the loss of my "old Ed" and our previous relationship.
Of course we need to protect our children, but that also means helping them learn how to protect themselves. A generation of kids who has never once felt the autonomy of making their own decisions will potentially grow up to be a generation of very insecure adults.
Why is it, whenever a reporter interviews you, they ask how old you are? The last time this happened to me, I asked that very question. The reporter replied, 'People want to know how old you are, so we have to put down your age.'
The antidote to this shame is joy, and I believe that this joy can be found in play. As we all know, joy can never be held in or tethered -- it can only live if we release it, and it is within this release that my freedom will be found.
I approached my grandmother with my desperate desire to have this doll. My grandmother always had what she called her "kinipple" stashed away in her purse that she hid behind the living room drapes
In order to attract and retain the businesses, jobs and residents who breathe energy and enterprise into their neighborhoods, they first need to foster family-friendly, kid-friendly environments that promote play everywhere, while addressing the needs of underserved communities.
While my phone may not have been pointed at my children quite as much, it was quite often still in my hand.
After many years studying and selecting toys of all kind I strongly believe the toys a child plays with can help to unlock the door to learning. Each new play experience helps to turn the key and unlock doors to experiences that influence mental, social and other aspects of the child's fullest development.
You might strive to achieve a certain level of success in your chosen leisure activity, but the joy is truly in the doing and not in the outcome. This level of engagement is what makes it rejuvenating to your mind, body, and spirit.
My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.
When I evaluate 5-year-olds to see if they are ready for kindergarten, I am often asked just how much formal academics is necessary for young children
Whatever you select to play with, make it a great opportunity to learn something new, be more creative, and take ample time to relax, and experience more joyful play times.
Having fun as a parent does not have to cost you anything. You don't need anything but your creative imagination.