We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing. ( I have no idea who said this but it's brilliant!)
No matter how old you are, you are never too old to play. Yet, how many playful adults do you know? How do adults play?
Last week my two year old colored on the wall - we reacted like adults, by snatching the pen out of his hand, yelling, "No don't color on the walls!" As parents we are so quick to criticize. Instead of reaching for a piece of paper and nurturing and cultivating his creativity, we squash it because of our own fears of marked up walls.
When I was in grade one, I remember painting a banana purple and my teacher came over and said, "Honey - bananas aren't purple." She gave many motivational speeches like this. Was she squashing my creativity or giving me a lesson in reality? The verdict is still out, but the bigger question is whether creativity and reality are mutually exclusive.
As a parent I'm big on discipline but I also want to encourage creativity and play. Instead of reacting to creative acts unconsciously, I try to take a step back and show my son another way to engage creatively. As a humorous motivational speaker I encourage play all the time and it's with my two year old where I find it easiest to play.
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If you are still sitting on the fence about the power of play, consider this: your children won't remember your motivational speeches to discipline them. Driving them to soccer practice won't create stand-out memories . . . but they will remember you building a fort with them.
If you play more often, you will:
- Raise your energy levels and increase vitality.
- Enhance your relationships: people who play together stay together.
- Live your life with less struggle. The worry of what if is lost when you are lost in the moment of play.
- Become naturally inclined to take more productive risks
- Enhance your creativity as you find that by thinking different things, different outcomes are possible.
As a humorous motivational speaker I find over and over again people don't understand the point of play. As adults we need to have a reason to do everything. These compelling reasons are above.
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