Let’s play! As an adult (and a mom!), I find it depressingly easy to go through my day pinging from chore to obligation and back again. #Adulting like that is no fun. Kids are good at reminding us that there’s a different way. Yesterday, I was cooking with my oldest, and I was rushing through the recipe. I wanted to be DONE. My son asked if he could have a turn stirring when I was done. And boy howdy did he enjoy stirring. He did not seem particularly concerned about moving on to the next step. He was too busy having fun where we already were. He reminded me that people are meant to play. Play is how we learn. Play is how we blow off steam. Play makes getting through the daily grind…fun. And everything can be play. If we choose to see it that way.
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Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts