Many times in our society, we, as conscientious parents want our children to learn all the skills and have all the advantages possible. If we are not careful, we can become so focused on their education that we fail to give them time to come to know and assimilate the culture they live in.
Play for children is a great way for them to explore their world and come to understand it.
*Give children a doll house, and they are creating life and family as they know it or as they wish to see it.
*Give them a tea set and some plastic food and watch them organize meals with a variety of goods.
*Give them a set of blocks and watch them build a tower and knock it over again and again.
*Give them a chance to imagine a new world and watch them take off into the stars.
As my ninety-year-old mother lay dying of cancer, our grandchildren asked many questions about Heaven and an after-life. One afternoon I noticed them running from the family room on the lower level of our house to the main floor and back again. I listened in on their play. The great grandmother lay sick in the family room. Soon she died and went to Heaven. The children said good-bye to her on the lower level of the house and then raced up stairs to be the family that welcomed her into Heaven. The children were working to internalize the concepts of death and life hereafter.
Be sure your children have time to play. Give them freedom, let them create their own rules, adding tension of they wish. They will develop a sense of community and maybe a sense of secrecy. Allow them to become the very best they can be—free to find their way in life.
You might even decide as a family to put away the electronics for a little while each day so they can explore their world more fully.
There are more ideas in Family Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships by Christy Monson or at www.christymonson.com