I am a stay at home mum to three little children, a boy aged 5 and three-year old twin girls. Life took a complete twist for me when I found out I was expecting twins, it meant I could not go back to work once they arrived. So, for nearly four years now, I have been at home with my children.
I first set up Twinlifeonline, as I was unable to find a friendly twin site that gave real honest, views and advice that I could relate to. Whilst writing for Twinlifeonline, as my children have grown I have discovered the joys of encouraging an innocent childhood with reduced reliance on technology and an emphasis on natural fun. My motto is let kids be kids. Hence, my second site Let kids be kids was born.
Let children be children
The world in which we currently live is amazing, but it runs at such a fast pace, with technology at every turn. I believe it is important to embrace the technology, it is part of our society and there is so that much that can be learnt through utilising it. However, children are still children, they still need to play, explore, run around, get fresh air, use their imaginations, socialise and experience basic childhood fun.
What do you remember most from your childhood? I remember running around outside, playing with friends, exploring, riding bikes, making mud pies, building dens and generally having fun. I learnt so much about the world we live in, about relationships, about life. This was more vital to me than any TV programme or computer game and maybe even school for that matter.
Play should be natural to children. They love to pretend, use their imagination and explore their surroundings as well as society. I find my son quite inspiring, as nothing is what it seems, everything is something else. I am in awe at his imagination. It often brings a tear to my eye watching him play so freely, without a care in the world, with a great big grin on his face. Then when he plays with his sisters too, they laugh, they giggle, and they explore each other’s boundaries, feelings and experiences. There is nothing more magical than watching and listening to the three of them play nicely together (bar the odd argument of course).
I believe I learn a lot through my children and their play. I like to get involved, join in and see the world through innocent eyes again. We all have fun and learn together, away from life’s modern distractions.
My aim is to increase awareness of the need for basic fun and play, yes that includes you grown-ups. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our modern lives and forget to have fun. Encourage the kids to go explore, you join them and perhaps relive some of your childhood memories too.
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