10 Essential Lessons for Life: Remember to PLAY ⋆ Mama Says Namaste

10 Essential Lessons for Life: Remember to PLAY

The last thing I wanted to do yesterday was play in a tunnel.  Seriously, I’m not a huge fan of closed spaces, and here is a tunnel playground that this little campground is touting as the “biggest tube playground in Indiana.”  Um, no thank you.   But, when I saw this….

play puppy eyes

When I saw those puppy eyes looking up at me, and that big tunnel looming over me, I had to decide how I was going to spend my time.  I’ve been working a lot lately, trying to stock up on blog posts and podcasts so I can take some time to visit with family over the next two weeks in Ohio.  I was either on my computer, on the phone, or doing another awesome coaching session, and although I was accomplishing a lot, my girls hadn’t seen a ton of me.

The RockStar Daddy

Nathan is amazing at playing and imagining with the girls.  He can get just as caught up in play and fun as they can, and they can get lost in rambunctious playtime for hours.  They’ll all come home covered in sweat and dirt, having had the time of their lives.

I’m more of a doer.  I like projects and tasks to do together.  I’ll go hiking, biking, or create a craft.  We can get lost in a task together, but I’m more reticent to just follow them along on their path of imagination.  And you know what…that’s okay.  

Play

One thing, for certain, is that, although Nathan and I are a team, we parent a bit differently, and that’s by choice.  You see, oftentimes we can push dads especially into the role of second-hand parent or the “babysitter” – and simply tell them what to do with the kids.  But…if you want daddy to be involved, get out of the way.   Nathan plays with the girls in a way I don’t, and I’m so grateful for it.  I had to learn to let go of my guilt and look at what I could do to play with my girls.

What I Needed To Do Was PLAY MY WAY

I used to feel major guilt that Nathan was the “fun” one and I was the task-master.  Then I learned to let it go.  I don’t have to be him.  I don’t have to force myself to dive into every imaginative world my girls create.  There are many ways to play that still fit with my personality style as well as what they enjoy. Step away from the to-dos – shift gears and soak in some moments with my kids.  And honestly, hours of imaginative play just wears me down.  Give me arts and crafts any day!play

So I compromise.  I step out of my world and enter into theirs.  We can draw together, create crafty masterpieces, go for hikes, bike rides, and read books.  And yes, I did crawl through those blasted tunnels, and I have to say…I’m super glad I’m short.  I was able to run on my hands and feet just like Clara, and although it wasn’t the most fun in the world, we had a lot of laughs and thoroughly enjoyed me getting in there to play with them.

Lighten Up

Sometimes we can get so serious.  We can get caught up in all of the to-do’s, and especially for the task-focused personality styles, it can result in us constantly doing and not simply being.  Our last lesson is a big one for all of us, regardless of whether we have children.  It’s about simply remembering to bring play into our lives.  Have fun.  Laugh.  Enjoy the simple things and the silly moments.

Remember to play – not just with your children, but in general.  Take your shoes off, go outside and enjoy the grass on your feet. Have fun with your spouse – do something fun and silly just the two of you.  Remember that family can be FUN.  Don’t make it a drudgery.  Enjoy this life – and look for the joy and sunshine this week!

Guidelines for Life
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Once again, I give you a series of insights that will hopefully motivate and inspire you with your own family.  These core lessons and values are the foundation of our family.  We will continue to grow throughout our lifetime, and there is no way we can teach our children everything.  Yet these lessons are the pinnacle of what we believe in.  It’s not just us parents teaching our children, either.

The first five lessons are what we’ve imparted to our daughters.  These last five are the valuable lessons they’ve taught us.

If you missed the first nine lessons, here you go:

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Mama Rose

Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us. Join the Mama Says Namaste Facebook Group

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