"We can't allow children to go up the slide." "Licensing does not allow us to have Loose Parts in the environment." "Our insurance does not allow us to have swings." "Parents do not want us to talk about diversity. They say it is divisive."
Stress has a way of slowly entering our lives. Once it is there, it tends to stay as an uninvited guest. Life challenges, change, and crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic confront us unexpectedly. People tell us to take the challenges one step at a time or send us motivational messages to keep us going. Sometimes these messages work. Other times they are not helpful. In these moments of stress, we should turn to what children have known for centuries: the power of play. Children play without an adult telling them what to do. They find a sense of flow and get lost in imaginary worlds. What is even more critical is that play brings laughter, relaxation, and understanding beyond any motivational message. Here are five ideas to get playfulness back into your life.
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