Work is Child’s Play

Life, and its meaning and enjoyment, is based purely on your perception of it. If you tell yourself a horrible story, it will be so. If you tell yourself a beautiful story, it will be so.

One of the surest paths to happiness is to love what you do, and inspired by this notion, we bring you this inspirational quote:

“But what is work and what is not work? Is it work to dig, to carpenter, to plant trees, to fell trees, to ride, to fish, to hunt, to feed chickens, to play the piano, to take photographs, to build a house, to cook, to sew, to trim hats, to mend motor bicycles? All of these things are work to somebody, and all of them are play to somebody.” – George Orwell

Now have a look at this quote:

“Play is the work of the child” – Maria Montesorri

The lesson?

As adults our perceptions and life experiences often serve us well. However, they can also at times become a hindrance in our lives. Children learn through play, but because they don’t know it, it doesn’t weigh the experience down for them. Adults on the other hand often perceive spending time with their children and playing with them as “an act of self-sacrifice”. And let’s face it, sometimes it really can be just that! 

The lesson we learn here is that adults who don’t deliberately and consiously make the decision to view playtime through the eyes of a child, can very easily turn the whole experience into ‘work’.

And we all know the saying ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’!

The Practically Speaking Team
parents who know better… do better

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