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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It's Time to Play!!

When was the last time you played? Really just got down to it and played? 

Photo courtesy of Vial Photography
I think that last time I really played, like my kids do, was probably a month ago when I took them to the park. We played tag and hide-and-seek and I felt like a kid again (except that after a few minutes of being chased around the playground I was winded and sweating like an old man).

Playing is an important part of our development when we are young. Just like little cats will chase each other's tails and chomp on each other's ears to practice actual hunting and fighting, human offspring play house and pretend to kill things (little girls generally do the former and boys the latter).

It is this acting out or pretending to do things that adult humans do that trains little ones for life. Caring for a baby doll, while not at all like caring for a real baby, gets children accustomed to the idea and even excited for it. 

With this in mind, that playing is a way to prepare for adulthood, is there any reason to play once you are an adult?

I propose that there are at least two reasons to play once you are an adult. And I recommend that you play with your spouse.

First, when you play together you are spending time together. In our busy world and busy lives playing often gets overlooked. Playing together is a great way to spend quality time with your spouse doing something fun. Try board games, tag, hide-and-seek, it doesn't really matter. Just play. You can even pretend to be paleontologists and go looking for dinosaur bones!

Second, playing together creates additional shared experiences. It is the small and simple things that really make a difference in the strength of our marriages. The small things add up over time and their presence in a marriage invariably makes it stronger while their absence makes it weaker. Playing is a small thing, positive shared memories are a small things, but the more that there are the stronger the marriage will be.

I guess the old adage is true: couples who play together stay together (I don't really know if that's an old adage or not but it's still true!)

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