Two Hundred Eleven: Free Play

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”  – Joseph Chilton Pearce

Thursday, July 31st

Today was a playdate day. My friend and I brought our kids down to the beach, set up a blanket, and watched them adventure up and down the stretch of sand. Neither of us had remembered to bring shovels, so the kids found their own treasures on the beach and created games with them.

I noticed that they were going further than I’d usually be comfortable with them being away from me. It felt safer that they were in a group together and us mothers watched the trail they made from one end of the beach to the other. This free zone allowed the kids to indulge whole-heartedly in creative play and they turned into fairies and sand witches.

I’ve noticed that my unsupervised children make bolder leaps and do more independent problem solving. It has encouraged me to create more spaces for them to do this.

Are there areas in your life where you could lessen your control or ease up on your boundaries for positive benefit?


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