I loved the theme for our church’s women’s conference this year–Permission to Play. As a parent of three active kids, I’m always telling my children to go play. And by play I mean, turn off the computer, iPad and television, get imaginative and have fun.
It could mean flying kites at the park, riding a bike, making a new Lego creation, playing board games or some version of pretend play.
It’s unfortunate that once we reach adulthood, we often think we’ve outgrown play. We regulate play for the kids while we take on the burden of adult responsibilities, issues and stresses. But as adults, and particularly as parents, we need play time in our lives, too.
Just think about how kids are when they’re playing. Their play is filled with joy and excitement. It stimulates their creativity and energy levels. Playing children aren’t worried about the cares and problems of the day. They’re having fun and are completely immersed in the moment.
Can you imagine how that type of atmosphere would change how you go about your day or respond to your family? Why, then, should we leave play for the kids?
As one of our church pastors, Amie Dockery, says, “Do what makes you happy, be with those who make you smile and laugh as much as you breathe.” Maybe that means playing keno with friends, testing a new recipe or hitting balls at the driving range. Maybe your play is a parents-only vacation, learning to play the piano or visiting museums.
Whatever play is for you, the permission is yours to make it a regular part of your schedule.