An Introduction : Play!

Hello, I am Deborah and I am excited to introduce myself as a new contributing member to the team here at Enfants Terribles.  When I learned about the playful and creative philosophy of the magazine I knew it was a team I was ready to jump right in with and play along!  Play is a fundamental theme of the magazine and for me play represents an essential  way for children and the child at heart  to discover and learn about the world around them.   

For my first blog post I will share a bit about myself and family.  I live in Ontario Canada with my husband Dominic and two children Natalia and Elliott.  Our time is shared between a home in the city and a tiny cottage on the shore of Lake Huron.  As a family we value time spent together outdoors.  It is important for me that my children are able to discover, learn and play in nature.  The following images are from our special place where we play by the shore.  

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Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.
— Mr. Fred Rogers
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Another role I have that allows me to engage in meaningful play with children is my career as a Child Life Specialist where I work in a paediatric oncology department at a children's hospital.  Through this role I use  play as a way to work with my patients during their illness, hospitalization and treatment.  I provide play opportunities as a psychosocial approach to teaching, preparing and supporting children during their healthcare journey.   Play can be healing.

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This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
— Alan W. Watts

I appreciate a good adventure and enjoy travelling to new places with my family.  Whether it be a hike on a local trail or exploring in a new city or country we like to make new discoveries and adventure together.  I have found that in travelling with children  play is a universal language, and even if we speak different languages our children can always communicate through play.  One of my favourite travel memories is sitting with new friends in a campo in Venice Italy as we watched our children join in with local kids to play  soccer and ride their scooters together.  Toys were shared willingly and friendships were made.   

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One of the ways I like to play is through my love of photography.   My images include themes of nature, the elements, children and animals.  A day that I can get out with my camera to explore and play in natural surroundings is what I consider to be a great day!   I look forward to sharing my photographic work here with you at Enfants Terribles Magazine blog.  You can also find my images @larksnest on Instagram where I will be doing a photo takeover this weekend for ETM.  

A special thank you to my friend Laura Rowe for the images in this post where she has captured my family so beautifuly in our element.  @_laurarowe_ on Instagram  

Thank you also to the Enfants Terribles team for inviting me to join in on their play!  

Remember to make time to play!  Deborah