Monday, 11 May 2015

The Ordinary Moments - Play...

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning,
But for children, play IS serious learning...
Play is really the work of childhood"
- Fred "Mr." Rogers -

A weekend of sunshine, a garden calling, two little girls happy to be out while Mama and Papa got on with their weekend chores.

 A little Hütte with windows to clean, meals to be cooked and a tea-party courtesy of our lovely nextdoor neighbour who hands them fresh-baked iced cakes over the fence.

These are the ordinary moments of our weekends. The play. The imagination. The freedom. The opportunity to let the girls learn as they explore the world around them, as they reenact the daily life they see in front of them, as they "perform" Disney song after Disney song at the top of their lungs...

Sometimes I feel guilty when we spend Saturdays at home, when Dave and I get on with odd jobs and leave the girls to their own devices. But I'm learning that sometimes that's the best thing we can do for them. Step back. Let them learn to amuse themselves. Let them come up with their own games, use their imaginations, have space to get bored and learn that that's OK. Let them sort out their own disagreements and figure out a way to work together without us intervening.

It's all learning.

And in a world that is obsessed and saturated with constant entertainment and background noise and screens and having every experience life has to offer by the time you're five years old, maybe that's the best kind of learning there is...

Maybe that's exactly the kind of learning they need.

mummy daddy me

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  1. Couldn't agree more Claire. What a lovely post and gorgeous pictures too! Your two remind me so much of my two girls 10 years or so ago. Thank you for triggering memories :) x x

  2. Oh' my dear Heidi! You look great even with food around your mouth.😀

  3. I can relate to this so much. I feel the same on those days when we have nothing planned. but you're right. its good to realise that leaving them to delve into their own worlds is the best part of their learning journey x

  4. John Gathergood12 May 2015 at 21:31

    Full of wisdom, as always, a pleasure to read.

  5. What a beautiful post- so true every word of it. These are gorgeous photos as well and what a lovely neighbour you have! x


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