There is a saying, “All Work And No Play, Makes Jack A Dull Boy”. Certainly play promotes creativity and liveliness among the children. So why it is important to play with your kids?
Children have enormous energy in them which can in turn rub off on adults. I’m guilty of sometimes being a couch potato, sitting in front of the TV. But – with 2 active boys, there’s a push factor for me to pick myself up and keep my body going. Playing promotes both physical and mental health.
- Through playing, I can build a strong rapport with my kids. When the 3 of us boys are together, we give ourselves the nickname “The 3 Amigos”. Playing gives us the chance to devote our fullest attention to one another, without the distraction of devices like TV or social media. When we play, we will also show our true self and it is a good chance to correct any wrong attitudes – like, for example, teaching one of my boys not to be a sore loser after he lost in a game.
- When my boys play with me, it also gives me a chance to pass on to them life skills like cooperation, teamwork and negotiation. We’ve learned to accommodate each other’s weaknesses and be patient, helping the other who may be slower at picking up a game or sport.
- Furthermore, playing with my boys creates opportunities for us to learn from one another. Interestingly, each of us possesses different strengths, gifts and skills which show up in our play. So I even as a dad, I’ve learned so much from playing with my kids.
- Often, children have an out-of-the-box way of playing the games. It will then remind me of what we do, or don’t do. Sometimes, we need to think out of the box for our work and our family. Routine work can be boring and uninteresting, but by thinking out of the box, we can create excitement in what we do.
- Playing also improve our motor skills. As I played with my boys, I’m also improving my motor skills together with them. It helps to improve my health as well as tone-up my muscles. Play is all about thinking and engaging both the mind and the body.
- As parents, we can mix learning with playing, too. Playing can help us to understand the physics of science like gravity, oscillation and trajectory, but with the added element of fun! As such, I’ve been able to share with my boys on the importance of science in our daily lives.
Last but not least, I enjoy playing with my sons because it brings out the child in me. It is important to keep our youthfulness at hand and see life in a different perspective. Life can be stressful but when I play with my boys, my mental guards are down and I behave like a little boy. What a joy! So enjoy life and love our children!
Contributing Writer (Phua Ser Jin)
A father of 2. A hands-on dad who likes to make learning a continual process. I looks forward to co-creating a better tomorrow for my kids.