On the weekend, we watched a documentary all about how children these days just don't play like we did as kids, and the possible ramifications of that. It was quite interesting and it really made me think about just how paranoid we are as parents these days.
So today, I had a playdate (because that's what our children do now) and we went to the local rec centre and watched our kids play. We interacted with them too, don't get me wrong, but mostly, it's nice to see the kids playing without the need for an adult to intervene in their every move.
At one point, there was music playing from a cd player in the corner. And, it was a perfect example of kids being kids, they were dancing around and having fun. Soon, other kids would join and at one point about 15 kids were dancing and playing, including Sebastian. It was so fantastic to see him joining in what the other kids were doing and just loving it.
Childhood is such a precious time in our lives. Playing is special. It's something you can't just seem to do as an adult. I think we stand to learn a lot from kids and playtime.