Laugh and Your Child Laughs With You
|Simon says "Live-Laugh-Love"|
Research shows that spontaneous play in youth helps us deal with life's challenges, innovate, think more creatively, and have, of course, tons of fun! In his book, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, Stewart Brown says not only can play be beneficial, it's actually essential. He states, "The opposite of play is not work, the opposite of play is depression".
What Is Play?
|Mr. Puppet made me pee, again|
Leading with Open Mindedness
Some of the best leaders and highest achievers in business, science and the arts have some of the richest histories of play throughout their lives. Either through their parents, or through their own initiative, many successful people maintain a thread between early natural play tendencies and what they do in their adult life. In fact, work and play become virtually nonexistent. This is what is meant by "If you do what you love, and you do it well, you can't lose" (Papa Green Bean's high school senior yearbook quote).
|Nothing like a good feather!|
Childlike 'Pretend' Play Unfettered
Being shut down from 'horsing around' in youth is detrimental to a persons long-term health. Some times play is scorned by adults, because it is not "useful" or it is too silly. Play deprivation has negative consequences for a person's mental well-being. When adults enjoy playing with children, especially 'pretend play', it provides a happy context for positive adult-child interaction, a very important contributor to children's healthy development. It also creates an incredibly strong and unique bond between the adult and child that lasts a lifetime. I know, this is my approach with young children every time, and it works magic. Activities such as marbles, blocks, tag, kite-flying, clay, nature explorations, climbing trees and capture the flag are all exercises in resourcefulness, planning, strategy, design, decision-making, creativity and risk-taking.
Papa Green Bean Conclusion
|I'd like to know what's so funny!|
Your head creates your child. The images through which you perceive a child will be sensitively picked up by the child and will play a large part in how they react to you. Modeling games of imagination, like play acting or singing and making up your own fun lyrics shows empathy from the child's perspective. Encouraging light heartedness with outrageous humorous reactions allows the child to make their own 'outside the box' games and create their own funny ideas without hesitation. Cooperation with other children becomes easier when the child is around flowing, higher consciousness adults, who regard the child's needs as they would their own. Children are very sensitive mirrors. Surrounded by peaceful, loving, laughing parents, they will grow into adulthood with a lifestyle that flows in the here and now situations of life, knowing deep in their being that life's playground will always bring whatever is needed for happiness.
Live - Love - Laugh, Papa Green Bean