LET US PLAY

In Blog, Hustle Podcastby Eric ByrnesLeave a Comment

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.

But for children play is serious learning.

Play is really the work of childhood.” 

– Mr. Rodgers 

 

Obviously, we at the Let Them Play Foundation are committed to doing everything in our power to give each and every kid their rightful opportunity to play… 

It’s not a privilege, it’s their RIGHT. 

That said, in just over a year, we have raised and handed out over $120,000 in grants to public school Physical Education programs, as well as youth activity organizations, and THANK YOU for helping us do that. 🙏

We obviously know kids NEED play to properly function and develop as human beings. but what about us adults? 

Just like children, after 17 minutes of stagnant non-activity, our brain begins to shut down because it thinks it may be time to go to sleep… 

As much as children need play, SO DO WE. 

As we have highlighted several times here on the Daily Hustle, when we are able to exercise, we instantly improve our mood and cognitive function while decreasing stress and anxiety… 

Lower blood pressure, higher state of alertness, increased testosterone levels and decreased body fat are all positive side effects of physical activity.

So often we make sure we provide an environment for the kids to play and even go so far as to line up “play dates.”

Still trying to figure out when that became an official term? 🤷‍♂️It used to be, “I’m going to Kavenaugh’s, BYE.” 

Regardless, we are finally realizing the importance of play in a child’s life and doing things in our power to help facilitate it… Yet, what exactly are we doing to ensure play in our own lives???

Often times, adults replace their “play time” with social gatherings predicated on very little movement and activity… I get it, we all like wine tastings and backyard brews & BBQ’s, but next time we line up a social gathering, let’s not be afraid to proceed it with some sort of group hike/run/ride/swim/paddle board/pickleball/tennis/speed golf session, etc… 

Bottom line is that I have no idea what you are into, but whatever it is, when we do it in a group like a bunch of 3rd graders at recess, we will receive the maximum social, physical and psychological benefits… 

And oh yea, the wine, brews & BBQ always taste a lot better when EARNED. 

-EB