Since the sun has been shining bright making the days balmy and warm, I’ve been spending a lot of time at parks with my daughter Livia.
It’s been awesome to see her grow and develop and do things she couldn’t do before, like the climbing walls, cargo nets and swinging on her own.
And it’s been a ton of fun playing with her.
One of my core beliefs is this:
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
The funny thing about kids is that they intuitively get this and pick things up better by modelling our behaviour instead of what we say.
One thing I want to instill in my children is the love of moving and play.
In all of our park outings, I rarely see parents playing with their kids. They monitor, watch over and instruct.
Now don’t get me wrong – kudos to all the parents out there not on their cell phones being present with and ensuring their little ones are having fun and being safe.
And I used to sit on the sidelines until one day I decided I was going to play too.
You know what?
I have way more FUN and love going to parks now! And Livia has more fun too and is trying more because she sees me climbing around trying everything.
I’d love to see more parents actually take part in the play because when we don’t, the message to our kids is that “play is for children”.
The truth is that us adults probably need play more than our kids to combat all of the stresses we deal with in our daily lives.
So think about what makes you feel like a kid again, not what you should do or what’s good for you, but what you can do that brings you joy and makes time fly by.
Or think of something you’d like to learn – I just bought my first skateboard because I thought it’d be fun to learn as Livia is learning to ride a scooter.
Our bodies crave movement and the more we can do, the better off we’ll be.
To being a kid again!