Play Is for Big Kids, Too

Tile letter spelling out word "play"
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One of the many great things about having kids is the opportunity to experience “play” again.  Admittedly, I am not, nor ever have been, a great athlete. I mean, I was the last to be picked on anyone’s team and unknowingly showed up to a volleyball practice with makeup on in high school. Play was never for me, as there were always more important things to do that I was actually good at. But, I now realize there are other ways to play, the importance of it and that there is no age restriction imposed upon it. For that matter, you don’t even need to have kids to enjoy playing. I just needed to give myself permission to explore, learn and be in the moment once I put the electronics, the chores and the mental to-do lists away. Aside from the break you are able to give yourself, there are several other benefits that can come through the act of play. You may only be a kid once, but play can happen anytime for anyone anywhere. Ready? Tag…you’re It!

Play: Dr. Stuart Brown explains the science of play and the critical importance of it in everyday adult life.

Beyond Love and Work: Dr. Lenore Terr offers a new perspective on play in adult life and offers methods to help incorporate play into a natural part of life.

Rejuvenile: Christoper Noxon gives an authentic voice to an older generation who practice play and reap many positive outcomes.

Permission to Play: Jill Long focuses, encourages and supports women to make the time to incorporate play into overloaded lives.