Educational Insights 11.25.13
Educational Insights 11.25.2013
Posted on 11/25/2013

          Play is the most natural thing that kids do, yet somewhere along the way, many lose this natural inclination to play! We get so serious and have more important things to do. We feel compelled to be productive and are supposed to successful. For many adults, their lives are consumed with work – the opposite of play.

            The author proposes that many adults are ‘play-deprived’ and do not given themselves permission to play enough. She suggests that playing may seem childish, unprofessional, or wasteful of adult time and energy. Maiers encourages her readers to seriously rethink this notion and treat play with the seriousness it deserves!

            Dr. Stuart Brown maintains that play is not a luxury, but rather a necessity in his recent TED talk, making the scientific case that play is anything but frivolous and should not be exclusive to children. He stated, “The opposite of play is not work, it is depression.”

            Charles Schaefer, founder of the Association for Play Therapy, says the following about play: “We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing. Through play our whole being is engaged - our bodies, minds, and souls. Play allows us to express ourselves and connect most deeply with the best in others, thereby improving relationships.”

Who doesn’t deserve to feel more alive, to laugh, to reconnect and deepen their engagement with the world?  Consider this your official permission slip to explore, experiment, wander, wonder, tinker, get silly, discover, fiddle and in the process have extraordinary amounts of fun!

Give yourself permission and allot time to play this holiday week! There is a little bit of kid in us all and by allowing that part to come out and play, our work lives will be more productive and perhaps happier!


-Dr. Paula Sissel

Garden County Schools

Superintendent/Elementary Principal