" I believe kids oughta stay kids as long as they can
Turn off the screen, go climb a tree, get dirt on their hands" - Luke Bryan -
Some of my fondest memories of a child are running around, barefoot, looking for frogs, cracking open walnuts, playing in the sandbox and making houses with all the fresh fallen leaves. I can honestly say I had a childhood. We didn’t grow up with much, especially in our early years but my parents showered us with love and fun. And that is what I remember most of all.
I am definitely a firm believer in kids being kids - meaning they are to be SEEN and HEARD. Their minds are amazing and so inquisitive. They need to be allowed to explore the world and ask the many, many questions they have. For my kids, who have inherited the “talking gene”, this means about a 1000 questions a day. I get that life is busy and there is always so much to do, with school and running to sports and activities, but simple play is equally important. There is no price to the value of “unstructured” play. Kids need to be kids and to just run and play. I find the most genuine happiness I see on my kids faces is when they have turned their “boredom” into a new game, and for boys, this most definitely helps when mud is involved.
So as summer is starting to begin for us all, let’s remember long days at the beach, swimming and running around the yard with water balloons and friends is what being a kid is all about. Before we know it, the kids will be grown and spending their summers “working”, and the lessons they can learn from playing with their friends, making up games, taking on leadership and creating rules (when there are no rules), will have prepared them well.
“the most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes” - unknown -