by Ashley Logsdon

Remember to Play (Episode 37)

Does your family actually play together, or even know how? Understanding what motivates each of us allows for you to connect and play where everyone has fun…including the parents!

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Play is the highest form of research.  Albert Einstein

What are we able to do as human beings that can not be replaced by artificial intelligence?  It’s the soft skills that are critical – bringing forth teamwork, compassion and creativity – those skills that make us human and set us apart from AI.  Here is the video we watched:

Albert Einstein Play

In our analysis of learning and education, sometimes it’s more about helping the older generation – the parents – re-frame what “learning” can look like.  We’re training the parent on what they really think school and education “should” be. 

Understanding Personality Snapshots

Go back to Season 1: The DISC recap – – helps to bring awareness to how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.  This is a chance to see your family in another light – to go deeper than an actual snapshot into who you are under the surface. 

D – Driven, assertive, visionary, results-oriented.  Lion or Eagle

I – Outgoing, gregarious, story-teller, life of the party.  Peacock or Otter

S – Steadfast, loyal, great listener.  Golden Retriever or Dove

C – Analytical, logical, systematic, detailed.  Owl or Beaver

We all have a little of every personality tendency.  We are a beautiful melting pot of intricacies.  However, we tend to gravitate toward one or two styles that really highlight our strengths.

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning. Mr. Rogers

For a high D or C, they are task-focused.  So play may be more about the project.  For a D, it’s about the end result – a competition, something to achieve.  A C would be looking for something to complete.  Finishing a project or task, and seeing the instant feedback of completion – winning the game, completing the puzzle, etc.

ralph waldo emerson play

For an I or S, it’s all about the people, engaging and connecting with others.  For a high I, it’s all about having fun.  It’s not so much about the competition but just having fun during the process.  For an S, it’s about connection and relationships.

Understand the personality styles of those who are playing.  Meet them where they are and pay attention to what motivates them. 

Remember Your Family Vision

In these “10 Essential Lessons for Life”, so much goes back to what we decided was our family vision.  Go back and explore your own family vision, or create one:

Family Vision –

Our vision is Explore – Respect – Listen – Connect – Learn – Love

It is a happy talent to know how to play.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your challenge this week – go play.  Have fun and put your inhibitions down.  The sillier, the better.  It’s okay to just let loose and be a kid. 

Flashback to the blog post I did on play…and climbing in tunnels: Remember To Play

In this season, we’ve covered:

  • Have an attitude of gratitude
  • Fostering independence
  • Natural Consequences
  • Having the abundance mentality
  • No secrets
  • Empathy
  • Pick your battles
  • Quality time
  • and now, remembering to play.

Coming up next week…

Mr. Rogers play learning

Life Long learners –

We’ve had so many people ask us about our unschooling journey…and it’s so much more than that.  It’s not simply unschooling, but life-long learning.  We are going to dive deep into this over the next few weeks in our new season.  It’s a doozy, and we’ll dive into how we all have the opportunity to learn and grow, and the more we understand, the more we have grace for others and recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us. 

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*Podcast music by the awesome Renee & Jeremy who cover “Put a Little Love In Your Heart” by Jackie DeShannon.  Props to both of them for this beautiful rendition that epitomizes what I want for families!

About the author, Ashley Logsdon


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.

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