Ever had a conversation or interaction that left you feeling drained and sapped of mental, emotional, and physical energy? The people around us may be our spectators, our cheerleaders, and, sometimes, our booers. And it doesn’t feel good to be in a conversation with a booer friend who constantly negates our being.
Beautiful interactions transpire when parents engage playfully with their children. Tough fathers become vulnerable in front of their daughters and mothers translate nagging into thoughtful Socratic questioning. Incorporating play into our exchanges with children means a shift to becoming more child-focused. But what may the relevance of play be for us, as adults?