Out on an afternoon walk, a question seeped into my brain: “When I look back on how I raised my children, what will I wish I had done differently?”
Right away I knew the answer. I will wish I had let them play more.
I let them play a lot, so maybe this sounds whack. But children's play—the full-throttle, all-out absorption unencumbered by schedule and goals—is unique to childhood. I think I will wish I had been more trusting of the learning that happens through play. I think I will wish I had relaxed more and let them just be.