Last updated on Jun 11th, 2021 at 12:22 pm

Remember to teach your teen about the importance of work, the importance of love and the importance of play…

Life is so busy that we tend to forget to teach our kids about the importance of playing. In fact, during adulthood, many of us become so serious that we give our kids the impression that there is no room for play and that play is only for little kids. I say not so fast, parents. There is a tremendous benefit to teaching our kids to play, to laugh and to be silly. Parents need to model this and play with their teens – not all the time, but some of the time.

When my daughter was a teen, we used to do this thing that we called “the happy dance”. When we felt excited about something, we would get silly and just dance. We were the only two around. My teen and I also used to play a game that we called “tent” when there was a storm. We would pretend that we were seeking shelter from the storm under blankets. There was a method to my silliness here. I wanted my daughter to know that play is not just for kids, but is instead for everyone at all ages.

Play is important because:

  1. It reduces stress
  2. It gives everyone a break from the usual, daily routine
  3. It fosters creativity
  4. It makes life fun and fun is oh-so-important
  5. Did I mention that it creates a magical bond?

I am not suggesting that you make a U-turn and start being your teen’s friend. I’m suggesting instead, that you remember to teach your child about the importance of work, the importance of love and the importance of play. If we have all those ingredients in our lives then we are much more likely to make it through the day unscathed.

So parents, “teach your children well”.

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