One of the most comforting things a mother can find is a kindred spirit – another mother to share your joys, and also your worries with. Someone who can inspire you and help you think more deeply about the type of mother you wish to be for your child. It is so encouraging to know that there are like-minded individuals out there who can give advice when you are in need of it or just listen when you’ve had a rough day.
Out of the conversations that I’ve had with one such mother, I’ve come to realize that making a connection with your children can be more than just being with them and sharing in their daily routine. These multiple exchanges with a mum halfway around the world has led to the focus of play – creative play – and how incorporating it into the daily rhythm of your family can bring you closer together and even add a little solace in an otherwise hectic day.
Kat, from Creative Playhouse, and myself, turned those conversations into a project – an eWorkshop that we are opening up to parents who wish to take on a 30 day adventure with us. This workshop, “Connecting Family through Creative Play”, was created so that parents around the world could coalesce into a group and join in during our discussions about:
ways to get the whole family involved with play
how to find a balance between everyday tasks that fill up your to-do list and connecting with your child in meaningful ways
discovering fresh ideas and techniques that incorporate play into the daily rhythm of your family
ways to deepen your understanding of the benefits of play and how it can help your children, as well as yourself
Kat is a work at home mum of 2, to Jake (3) and Poppy (1), and hails from the UK. She blogs creatively about her two passions, play and parenting, at Creative Playhouse and her collaborative blog, Mummyology. She received her B.A. in Performance Studies and earned an M.A. in the Arts. Her background includes early years education and special needs (with a focus in autism.) To learn more about Kat, click here or visit her Facebook page.
Gina is a stay-at-home mom to Grady (2.5) and has recently moved back to her hometown in Pennsylvania. She started blogging in 2011 as a way to record her family’s memories and share ways to foster connections through play and inspiration. She received her B.A. in Sociology and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. Prior to becoming a SAHM, Gina taught 4th and 5th grade in the public school systems. To learn more about Gina, click here or visit her Facebook page.
Articles and Ideas for the Importance of Play
- 10 Things Every Parent Should Know about Play from NAEYC
- 10 Quotes About the Importance of Play from One Perfect Day
- Top 10 Pinterest Boards of Play Obsessed Moms hosted by Growing a Jeweled Rose & More
- Playtime Pinterest Boards hosted by The Educators’ Spin On It
- Join the Play Group Community on Google +
- Play Ideas from The Educators’ Spin On It