Normally, I would ask them to join me in the kitchen, doing the chores in the house, ask them to brush their teeth and their hair. But now, they are so deep into the play, there is no way, I will disturb them.
The importance of play for children has been studied, documented and agitated throughout the years. I find it peculiar, that we forget the adults, making this (often unnecessary) distinction between children and adults – again. I believe, that we all need to play, and the resistance to play most adults experience, is part of the schooling. We were trained to believe, all of the time has to be spend with a reasonable purpose – this makes us feel important, lovable, mature, responsible.
Part of deschooling is to regain the ability to play, to let go, to do whatever feels right. The connection to ourselves, and the feeling of what is right, I believe, is lost in the schooled life.