I probably shouldn't get involved in this thread...but...I was wondering why it is seen as problematic to allow children to choose or "direct" their own play. I have been reading up on Steiner's ideas, and am currently getting into Children at Play
by Heidi Britz-Crecelius, and it seems my kids are sort of naturally developing some pretty intense imaginations, but I just can't wrap my brain around this avoidance of letting myself stop and play with them.
My kids are almost 2 and almost 4 and they rarely ask me to play
. They create things and develop drama beautifully. I have never intended to avoid being my child's playmate. In fact, there are times when I really enjoy being involved. When I think back on my childhood, some of my fondest memories involve activities with my mom or dad.
So, what is the damage being done with my sitting at their level and enjoying time with them?? (I am actually asking opinions here