As an ex-nursery school teacher, I’ve ready many books about learning, and implemented many methods. One of the most important ways to teach young children is by play. Hard subjects and new skills are more easily digested when cloaked in singing, dancing, and games. That’s a way to build their self-esteem. Did you know that it’s easier to learn to read if you learn how to rhyme first? Bonus, it’s fun.
People go through cycles of childhood/child-like behavior, questing pre-teen/teenage/behavior, and varying stages of adulthood. It’s healthy, enabling them are to release tension and express emotions in a safe way. Just as they learn to recognize and understand themselves, we should give them room to do so.
I think when adults play, whether exhibiting child-like curiosity, a teenager’s vulgarity and glee, or with more reserve, we shouldn’t judge them. Do you know their story? Have you asked what they need? Do you just want to hear yourself talk, uncaring if your harshness hurts their self-esteem, their small moment of satisfaction?
You never know which aspect of your character will tap you on the shoulder one day and say,
As tough and unfeeling as the world can be, why criticize anyone’s joy of playing?