As a registered play therapist, it’s no surprise that I talk a lot about how important play is for children: it helps them explore their world, develop socially, and process their experiences. But the power of play is not something that benefits kids only; adults can also utilize play to better their own lives, specifically in how they connect with their children. Here are some ways that the power of play can help you improve your relationship with your kids:Continue Reading
Do you remember playing outside when you were little? In past generations, it wasn’t uncommon for a mom to send her kids out the door and tell them to return when it got dark. Young people often had great experiences exploring, climbing trees, and riding bikes. But now it seems that we’re hesitant to let our kids to go outside unsupervised. Why are we so reluctant? A major reason is that social media and technology have made us more aware of all the scary things in the world, and we understandably want to protect our families from such dangers are trafficking, pornography, abuse, etc. But in the name of keeping kids safe, are we sometimes getting paranoid? The truth is that unstructured time to play (with minimal or no adult involvement!) is crucial for children. So while it’s important to be vigilant, we may need to loosen up a bit and just let our kids be kids. Here are some reasons why “free play” is so important:
I was lucky enough to be featured on Dr. Christina Hibbert’s podcast Motherhood a few weeks ago. We spent an hour talking about the importance of Moms in their child’s life- focusing on the power of play!
Play is a crucial part of healthy development for our children, and guess what? It’s an essential part of a healthy YOU, too. Through play, we can better understand our children, their needs, and what we can do to help them through the hard times. We can also strengthen relationships and build connections that last a lifetime. And when we approach life and motherhood more playfully, we not only set the example for our kids; we actually learn, create, relax, and live better, too. In this episode, I’m talking with Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, an expert on play therapy, and she’s got some valuable lessons each of us needs to hear about the power of play—for us, for our children, and for our families. Don’t miss this fun, fact-filled, play-inspiring episode! And visit my website DrChristinaHibbert.com for more on this and other “Motherhood” topics!