I recently re-organized the kids’ toy room, so that the kids would be able to play with their toys, but the baby would also be able to play with hers as well. One of the biggest components of this was organizing the massive costume closet they have. My big kids are 11 and 8. They still love to dress up. Heck, it is one of the things their friends love to do when they come to our house. We have everything from Toy Story costumes, to princess costumes, to our fabulous Star Wars Villains collection, (which leads to my daughter doing mash-ups like this):
I know my kids are getting older, and the big kids probably won’t be able to play with, (or fit into), their costumes forever. They probably won’t be playing with most of their toys soon either…except maybe for Legos. I still play with Legos. Legos are for everyone!
Anyways, I say this because sometimes I think we make our kids grow up too fast. We want them to be the best in school, sports, and extra-curriculars. They get involved in so many things that they don’t have time to play. We don’t want our kids to fall behind, and so we cut out play time. However, play time is important too. It lets their imagination flow and inspires creativity.
I remember being so sad one day a few years ago, when a lady came into my shop with her daughter. She was about six year’s old, (which was my daughter’s age at the time). The mother said the daughter could get something, but everything she brought the mother disapproved of because she said the daughter was too big for it. They were all things that my daughter played with at the time and loved. They were things for playing salon with her doll and making crafts. It broke my heart because she probably didn’t get to play pretend or dress up or have the same adventures my daughter did. My daughter thrives on that. She can be serious when she needs to be, but she also needs to be silly and play with her dolls and build spaceships out of Legos with her brother.
I guess my philosophy is that they are only children for a short time. They will be grown-ups for the rest of their lives. I want them to have a childhood they look back upon fondly. I want them to do amazing things with their lives and careers, but I also want them to have an imagination, if only to see things from a different perspective.