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When All Else Fails, Get Your Kid On, for Free!

Seriously.  Write to do lists, don’t check e-mails in the morning, take your meds, pay the bills on Friday, go to the gym every day, send love to all, don’t criticize…  blah blah blah.  That is how I feel some days, like it’s just….  too much!

Being an adult is hard work.  With foreclosures climbing, jobless rates higher, more bills to pay, everything costing more…  it sometimes gets a little too much to be responsible and good.  We get caught up in all of it and it’s completely overwhelming.  How do we get out of it?

That means you, pedos!Sure, there is smoking, texting, drinking, porn, sex…  but let’s be honest.  Do we really feel better?  We can work out (responsible), watch TV (not very ‘releasing’) or hide under our covers (I have to admit, sometimes this helps), but one thing we often forget that is completely re-energizing, is going back to PLAY!
Doing what?  Well, here are some suggestions:

  1. Playing in a tree fort
  2. Jump Roping
  3. Hula Hooping
  4. Creating a race car track
  5. Sack races
  6. Kick the Can / Ghost in the Graveyard
  7. Swinging
  8. Skipping
  9. Holding Hands
  10. Cartwheels
  11. Singalongs – anywhere, anytime!
  12. Camp fires
  13. Snow angels
  14. Playing in leaves
  15. Making gifts out of things from your back yard
  16. Finger painting
  17. Sledding
  18. Rolling down a hill
  19. Making funny faces
  20. Play hot or cold / hide and seek
  21. Play charades
  22. Play cards / go fish / slap jack (you can make your own cards quite easily!)
  23. Dance
  24. Watch kids play
  25. Tell stories

There is something delicious about just being a child.  I’ve traveled the world, and some of the happiest people I have seen on this earth did not have running water or electricity – but they had community and play.  Often times we forget in our hustle of life what the true meaning of life is about: connecting and feeling at peace.  And sometimes what it takes is finding and celebrating our inner child.

When is the last time you made time for play? !

NOTE:  Funny, as I was searching for photos I found the sign – just goes to show we are taught at an early age only CHILDREN can play.  No adults!   That is crazy.   Never give up your childlike desire to play.

Creative Commons License photo credit: steve p2008

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When All Else Fails, Get Your Kid On, for Free!

Kathryn Goetzke

I own a company called the Mood-factory (, a company that creates products based on how sensory experiences effect moods. I also run a nonprofit for depressio, iFred (, we are working to change the brand of depression. And yes, I have ADHD, along with PTSD, major depressive disorder, and a host of other challenges, opportunities, and gifts.

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Goetzke, K. (2010). When All Else Fails, Get Your Kid On, for Free!. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 15, 2020, from


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