VIDEO: Huffington Post Live - Kids and Play

Parents playing baseball with kids

How much do you play with your kids, I mean really play with them?

I was recently part of a Huffington Post Live segment where this question was posed. Along with some great panel guests including Jason Good (blogger and comedian), Farah Miller (Managing Editor of Huffington Post Parents) and Rachel Cedar (blogger at 28 Days of Play project), we discussed the importance of parents role in their kids’ experience of play.

Watch the full segment here:


What are your thoughts? Do you play with your kids enough? Do you think you should play with them more or less?

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  1. Ryan(@SimpleMoolah) says

    Some really great points mentioned in the video. It actually made me one person said “I spend a lot of TIME with my kids..but do I really PLAY with them?

    Good question!

    Lately, I haven’t played with my daughter as much as I used to. The past few months have been extremely busy…but before that, I would consciously set aside some time during the evenings to play with her. It might not be everyday, but it was at least a couple of days out the week.

    I think the best thing is to have some sort of consistency. We’re all SUPER busy as parents…but as long as overall, you’re getting in a decent amount of play time..then I think you’re doing ok.

    1. Samantha says

      Hi Ryan,
      It’s really difficult isn’t it? I find that in this day and age, it’s so easy to get distracted and even easier to let the electronic tools take over. Actually taking the time to do something “old school,” such as playing a sport with your child, or going to the park - these take both time and commitment. It doesn’t help that work obligations for many of us are well beyond the 9-to-5 sphere, making what used to be leisure time more elusive than ever.

      Agreed that consistency is the key, as well as making a dedicated vow to do what it takes - even if it’s only for a few minutes. It’s all about quality, not quantity, right?

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment :)