Category Archives: play

36-60 Months: Motor Development Skills

There is a reason why we begin to play games with our infants and young children.  Games allow all of us to enjoy gaining new skills and new knowledge.  It’s fun and not a hardship.  Blowing on an infants tummy … Continue reading

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Grieving Children–Give Them the Tools of Expression

For those of us who have so little ability to express our sympathy and compassion, here is one way to reach out and care:     If you would like to mail sympathy cards, postcards, letters of support, and teddy … Continue reading

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Child Play vs Adult Play

Go ahead, ask folks about the concept of PLAY.  Ask as many people as you have access to.  And listen.  Listen for what they are really saying.  Most people respond with what they do to play, such as: shop drink, … Continue reading

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Why We Need Celebrations

First off, I’ll confess.  I really like celebrations.  Big, not-so-big, totally private and expected.  Balloons or not, food, drink and merry in whatever sizes and amounts.  For me, celebrations mark something new, whether it’s a car, a graduation, the finishing … Continue reading

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Entering School–Overcoming Anxiety

Layla’s lesson on overcoming ANXIETY: Our neighbor’s grandchildren are visiting, their dogs are barking, parents and grandparents are yelling above the din.  Some folks decide to set off some illegal fireworks.  Layla runs up to the connecting neighbor gate and … Continue reading

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A Playful Summer vs Being on Vacation

Summer Vacation means PLAY time to most of our kids. What is your definition of VACATION or PLAY? Go ahead, give it a try.  Here’s a list that comes to my mind: To PLAY or be on VACATION means to: … Continue reading

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PLAY Takes the Boring Out of Dreary Days

Now is the time to play with your kids.  Whatever their age.  Why now? Because it is February and it is dreary outside and school continues, day after day after day.  It seems FOREVER until summer.  It feels like there … Continue reading

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