We have always been a family who strives for balance. We work hard and we play hard. It’s our motto and achieving a balanced life has been our saving grace. Playtime is indeed essential for both kids and parents.
How we play?
- Board games are our absolute fav things to do. It’s also a great way to escape dreaded screen time. We sometimes squeeze a quick game into our mornings that aren’t going too well.
- We cook up a storm almost daily. The boys love being in the kitchen so that’s always a great way to spend quality time together.
- Baking is also a win in our home. I get the boys to compete with the decorating. It’s a great way to fester a healthy attitude towards good sportsmanship.
- We are a sporting family so playing all kinds of sporting activities is definitely our cuppa tea. It’s the perfect stress reliever.
- Nerf wars are a very serious playtime activity in this house for the kids.
- Playtime with our furbaby Nugget always leaves us happy and smiling. Pets have a mood boosting super power we shouldn’t ignore. Playing with Nugget is also a great way to keep fit.
- We love to go fishing, okay the boys do but I suck it up as it’s great for confidence building; coordination; learning perseverance and patience.
- We love picnic time which is normally our card game playing time. It’s a great way to slow down and live in the moment. The fresh air and being is nature is an added bonus, but we also picnic in the lounge on rainy days.
- Screen time isn’t all bad and we sometime watch a YouTube channel called 7-second riddles. Mental agility while trying to beat each others score normally leaves us in stitches. Maths 24 is also another “playtime” activity. Basically I’ve used technology to trick my kids into learning. Yes, I’m so that mom.
- “Christmas beds” have been a thing since Ashton was a baby. Dragging our mattresses to the lounge while we play games and watch movies together until we fall asleep is our Friday vibe.
- Bounce is so our playtime. There’s no time for photos and selfies, just time to get those endorphins pumping without even realising it.
- We dance it out. Dance competitions or the kids attempting to teach me the latest moves (that don’t sit too well with my aging hips) is a regular occurrence in our home. It’s an icebreaker, a de-stressor and just good old fashioned fun.
- I may have a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old, but roleplaying does happen in this house. We swap roles and I leave them in charge.
The importance of playtime with your kids
Playtime is seriously underestimated I’d say. Playtime allows kids to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Playtime is important for healthy brain development and encourages confidence and independence. Parents will also reap the benefits of playtime as it’s a great way to destress. The time spent with their kids will also strengthen family bonds. Personally, we as a family can attest to the fact that Playtime is essential for all of us. It really, truly helps us cope and face the daily pressures facing all of us. Playtime has not only helped Ashton, but all of us as a family cope with this condition. Most importantly playtime creates the opportunity for lasting memories that both you and your kid/s will cherish for a lifetime.