Years ago, Nancy Blakey wrote:
Children cannot love what they have never known. If we, as the adults in charge, do not establish time for unstructured play outdoors, our children will miss the opportunity to stretch their bodies in new ways and discover the out-the-back-door joy of a giddy sled ride on a snowy day, the view from the arms of a tree, or the intoxicating combination of cold water and hot skin on a summer afternoon.
And that’s just from her Note to Parents.
You get to develop your personality when you have opportunities to try out different practices and ways of displaying preferences. Playing in a playground is great for this.
Sit quietly and read the whole article.
You really really really must read more of those 3 writers. Yes, for about 10 minutes you will be oddly serious the next time you head to the playground. After that, you’re going to skip around with an terrifically fascinating new outlook on outdoor play. Skip to share that outlook with all the adults you know.