Resolve to laugh and play more in 2019!

It’s the start of a new year and you’re probably busy making and starting on your 2019 resolutions. One of the best resolutions to make for yourself, your kids and your entire family – a play promise.

Create a 2019 filled with happiness, fun and even education by learning how to incorporate more play for the whole family. From game nights to just going outside to play tag, there’s something perfect for everyone to help keep this enjoyable resolution.

Play, It’s Not Just For Kids

When was the last time you played as an adult? This doesn’t mean taking a moment to scroll through Facebook and laugh at a meme. Instead, real play, such as shooting hoops or enjoying a nice family board game? Sadly, play is rare for adults, but it’s something that’s just as beneficial for adults as kids. That’s why a play promise is so important for the whole family.

Still not convinced? Here are a few major benefits of play for all ages:

  • Reduces stress
  • Helps all ages learn
  • Boosts overall brain function
  • Improves relationships
  • Increases social engagement
  • Helps you feel younger (especially for adults)

Studies have even shown that we’re hardwired to play, which may be why people get so grumpy and stressed without play in their lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending doctors write a prescription for play for kids, not just for better development, but also to reduce toxic stress. Maybe adults need the same prescription.

Making time for play should be taken seriously. Every play session, for adults and children, is an opportunity for learning, socializing and growing as a person. It’s not just about toys either. Play can range from throwing a ball around to acting out a scene from a favorite book and everything in between.

Making And Keeping A Play Promise

As you can see, play is incredibly important for the entire family. Make it a priority and watch things change for the better. Start with a play promise in 2019 to play 30 minutes every day. Of course, more time is always encouraged.

Not sure how to work 30 minutes in a day? Here are a few ideas:

  • Play board or card games after dinner
  • Turn bedtime reading into playtime
  • Go outside on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Have 10 minute mini-sessions throughout the day
  • Work puzzles a little at a time
  • Do fun crafts together

Choose activities that are fun for everyone and don’t be afraid to mix it up. If you need to, schedule play time in your planner or calendar. This gets kids more excited about playing and even adults too. Make 2019 better than ever by starting on your play promise today.

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