Legacy Of Fun

Stop Working, It's Time To Play


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Stop being silly.

Stop playing around.

Stop… having fun.

If you have kids, how many times a day do you send them this message?

If you don’t have kids, how many times do you think these thoughts anyways?

How absurd. How silly. How childish. Kids these days. Grow up.

I know I send this message to my daughter all day long:

Stop playing around! It’s time to…

  • eat
  • sleep
  • change your diaper
  • clean up
  • brush your teeth
  • wash your hands
  • get dressed
  • go shopping

What We Say Vs. What They Hear

I realize we have to keep our kids healthy and teach them responsibility and all that. But we need to recognize that when we say “stop playing”, what they hear is…

  • Stop your life’s work.
  • Stop learning.
  • Stop discovering new things.
  • Stop practicing your new skills.
  • Stop doing what you are most passionate about.

As adults, we’ve learned that play time is a reward, a break, a vacation.

For kids, play time is EVERYTHING.

So instead of stopping their life work all the time, maybe we should stop ours more often.

How about we turn off the computer. Step away from the bills. Step away from the paper, the magazine, youtube, facebook, email, cleaning the kitchen.

Stop working… it’s time to play!

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Nov 15,2010 @ 07:34PM

I can remember when I was a kid, our family went on vacation. As we were driving and making lots of noise, my mom yelled, “Would you quiet down! This is no time for having fun.” We all burst out laughing and still use that phrase all the time. I even use it on my kids every now and then. For instance, when in the grocery store I make sure to tell them they are not to smile or laugh or have any fun at all. That always gets a smile, a laugh, and much fun.

Mike Mitrovich (author)

Nov 15,2010 @ 10:40PM

Haha, I like it!

I tried something similar this past weekend with a group of children I’m directing for a reader’s theater presentation.

Asked them all for their most serious, stern face when they presented their lines. Was funny seeing them struggle between a very serious face and giggling like crazy.


Nov 16,2010 @ 05:16AM

Yep, always a sure way to make them smile—ask them not to.

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