Play as Poetry

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As it Should Be

Cool mud between toes,

skinned knees and elbows.

Play’s crowning glories earned.

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Today’s rocket ship,

tomorrow’s castle and slide.

Genius unleashed through cardboard.

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Running, spinning, laughing.

Inside voices long forgotten.

Mother Nature’s satisfied smile.

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Rosy cheeks and grass stains,

unbridled joy and warmth.

Childhood without spoil or limits.

- Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

K.I.S.S + Log = Happiness

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Sometimes it takes something silly to hit you upside the head to remind you of what really matters. In this case that thing is a log. In fact, it’s Log. (Sing it with me!)

The old adage Keep it Simple Stupid (KISS) applies to so many things, and toys is at the top of the list. So are playgrounds (go natural!), schedules, and heck — LIFE.

Let’s make a pledge to stop over-complicating things for ourselves and our children. Truly, it doesn’t need to be as difficult or exhausting as we make it. Pump the brakes people, it’s time to slow down.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

 

Life is Meant for Living

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“Busy is not the new black. ” ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Sometimes, all you need is a picture or a simple quote to stir something inside you. In this case, a wee blog post. Earlier today, the folks at Free Range Learning posted this graphic on their Facebook page

And I had an immediate reaction: I stinkin’ LOVE this!

It’s so true. Society today has gotten to the point where we have frankly become a bit ridiculous with our level of busy. With our need to multi-task and be connected across multiple platforms 24 hours a day.  People seem to judge you if you are not busy enough — or if your children are not involved in umpteen different activities.

I’m calling bullshit, people. That’s right. Bullshit.

  • You are not winning life if you are so busy you cannot enjoy it.
  • Your children are not winning childhood if they have no time to actually have some fun and enjoy it.

Slow down and put some life into living. Unplug and really connect. Stop over-scheduling yourself, your kids, and family. Go outside and play.

Life happens when you are too busy to notice. So slow down and notice. 

 

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

 

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