Here’s a great quote from Dallas Parents…
We all know that children need lots of free time to play, but sometimes it’s nice to hear it again. Here’s a compilation of quotes through the centuries about the importance of play…
“You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.”
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”
~Joseph Chilton Pearce
“Play is not only our creative drive; it’s a fundamental mode of learning.”
“The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do – such as singing, playing games, reading, storytelling, and just talking and listening – are also the best for child development.”
“Play is the beginning of knowledge.”
“Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that our future needs.”
~James L. Hymes Jr.
“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”
Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
~Kay Redfield Jamison
Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside – children have their own agendas and timescales. As they find out more about their world and their place in it, they work hard not to let adults hurry them. We need to hear their voices.
“Play is the highest form of research.”
“Peace does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise,
trouble, or hard work.
Peace means to be in the midst of all those things
and still be calm in your heart.”
I love this picture I took last month at Magical Mama Tiffany’s house. She was hosting an extra wacky mama (that would be me!), a baby and an extra boy for a week, along with her own (growing!!!) family. She even had a couple of crazy birds on her shoulder who are fond of whistling “If you’re happy and you know it” and then pecking people in the head! 🙂
Next time things are really zany at your house, do me a favor and picture a wacky bird or two on your shoulder, thank your lucky stars for people to fill your house with noise, and laugh. It gets me through an awful lot of crazy days!
Today’s quote comes courtesy of 3 month old Fiona, who is sticking her tongue out at anybody who disagrees. 😉
“If we are to reach real peace in the world we shall have to begin with children.”
(Back tomorrow with some magic and fun!)
I was going to finally get back to posting just now (we’re freshly back from a wonderful jaunt to Nebraska!) but I have a purple-clad baby in my arms who would rather sit on the couch and cuddle with me. And well, nothing can quite compete with that! 😉
So here’s a marvelous quote I’ll share instead…
I have no idea who the original source is, but if you know, please drop me a note!
Have a wonderful day!
“Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.”
― Shel Silverstein
Here’s to a new year of silliness and fun. 🙂
I stumbled across this quote and thought it was marvelous for the new year. 🙂
(P.S. Doesn’t that photo above look pretty, like a bokeh shot of holiday lights? I thought so, but it’s actually a shot we took a while back through our microscope.) 🙂
“Use the talents you possess,
for the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except the best.”
~ Henry Van Dyke
Here’s a sweet poem with some important reminders for all of us…
Childhood Doesn’t Wait
I was sitting on a bench
while in a nearby mall,
When I noticed a young mother
with two children who were small.
The youngest one was whining,
“Pick me up,” I heard him beg
but the mother’s face grew angry
as the child clung to her leg.
“Don’t hang on to me,” she shouted
as she pushed his hands away,
I wish I’d had the courage
to go up to her and say…
“The time will come too quickly
when those little arms that tug,
Won’t ask for you to hold them
or won’t freely give a hug.
“The day will sneak up subtly
just as it did with me,
When you can’t recall the last time
that your child sat on your knee.
“Like those sacred, pre-dawn feedings
when we cherished time alone
Our babies grow and leave behind
those special times we’ve known.
“So when your child comes to you
with a book that you can share,
Or asks that you would tuck him in
and help him say his prayer…
“When he comes to sit and chat
or would like to take a walk,
Before you answer that you can’t
`cause there’s no time to talk”
Remember what all parents learn
so many times too late,
That years go by too quickly
and that childhood doesn’t wait.
“Take every opportunity,
if one should slip away
Reach hard to get it back again,
don’t wait another day.”
I watched that mother walk away
her children followed near,
I hope she’ll pick them up
before her chances disappear.
This gem of a quote has been circulating friends’ Facebook statuses the past couple of days and it made me smile so much I had to pass it on…
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” — John Lennon
I don’t know if John Lennon really said it at all, but that’s not really the point, is it? 🙂
PS I loved the answers some of you posted for ways you were silly with your kids! If you haven’t read the comments from the assignment I posted the other day, I highly recommend them. And please add more!