So last night my boy was bouncing a bit too vigorously on the sofa to the point that I thought he might damage the structure of the sofa. 🌼 From close by in the kitchen, I said to him in a silly voice, “I feel you are jumping too vigorously on the sofa!” (playful connection). 🌼 I … Continue reading Setting limits playfully – The “chase and can’t catch” game
As a new mum, I had a fairly easy time singing to and playing with my baby. This continued as my son became a toddler, with a focus on being present, following his lead, and sharing in his joy. 👩👦 As my son got older, I loved doing child-led play with him, often using soft toys, … Continue reading Play YOUR Way
A gorgeous mum friend asked me last week whether I might be willing to offer a workshop or two on playful parenting to her group of Playcentre parents. 🥰 I felt really excited by her suggestion, and immediately started having ideas and making notes for what I wanted to include in the workshops! 😄 I’m tentatively calling … Continue reading Playful Parenting – What, When & Why?
I recently saw a post from a mum sharing about how her young daughter had started to express discomfort with her weight, and to call herself fat. And then another post by a mum about how her son was having trouble learning, and had called himself dumb. In both of these situations, I really connected … Continue reading “I’m fat”, “I’m dumb” : Responding to kids’ negative self-talk
Have you heard of power reversal play? When instead of being the bigger, stronger, wiser one, as we often appear to be, we play the part of the less competent one? The bumbling fool, even? Kids are so often the smaller and weaker ones. They are learning so much everyday, often not knowing how to … Continue reading What “The Book with No Pictures” can teach you about power reversal play!
"Can we goooo noooow?". We were sitting at a cafe. My son had finished what he was having, and hubby and I still had our cups of chai to drink. I felt my tension rising. I just really wanted to be able to relax and enjoy my drink. We had intentionally left the phones behind, … Continue reading “Can we goooo noooow?”
Playing games with our kids can be a great way to pass the time when there's nothing else very interesting going on. But whether you're sitting in a cafe or on a long car trip, I Spy can get old pretty quickly. Here are 8 alternatives to get you laughing and connecting, which will not … Continue reading Tired of I Spy?