"Once we are grown, marriage and family relationships become the focus of our love. Although based on love, lasting relationships require work: adaptations to the needs and desires of the other person. They also require learning about ourselves and the other person. Lasting relationships also require playfulness and a sense of humor, which keep us from taking ourselves too seriously and enable us to enjoy our relationship.
With the birth of children, love is coupled with the work but also the pleasure and joy of parenting. Again, a sense of humor and playful attitude make parenting more enjoyable for both parents and children. Fortunately our children often show us the way to be playful. I wrote this book partly to help parents appreciate how humor and playfulness contribute to the well being of children--and parents as well."
-David Elkind, The Power of Play
On the harmony of play, love and work