Play makes parenting easier

Why Playful Parenting Matters

This morning wasn’t exactly smooth.

One of my girls finally slept through after three days of waking with a bad cough and stuffy nose.

Yay.

But her twin woke at 5:15 a.m. thinking she had to throw up. (she didn’t!)

By 7 a.m. we were in the middle of not knowing what was going on … school or no school? Sick or not sick?

She didn’t want to go. She wasn’t THAT sick. In fact, she wasn’t sick at all.

That’s when I started dancing. Silly, crazy dancing. And singing.

A big smile erupted on her face.Play makes parenting easier

Cured.

This is playful parenting at its best but  it’s not always easy to relax in a tense moment to break out into song and dance.

But it is possible with the right tools and confidence that you aren’t messing it all up by laughing and having a good time.

This is what I keep wanting to tell people when I see them taking it all too seriously.

And I do, too. I take it too seriously, too.

But I’ve learned enough and experimented enough to know that play seriously makes parenting easier — not harder.

This isn’t about loose, no-rules parenting.

It’s about encouragement with a side of love.

It’s about enjoying this life with kids instead of dreading it.

It’s about working rest into our hard, responsible lives and feeling more alive.

I’ve been thinking a lot about playful rituals and routines as I finalize all the magical details for The Playful Family Adventure. In this course, I’ll be showing you how to make playfulness a part of your daily routine, not something else you have to work in today.

Playing and enjoying life isn’t some chore we have to do after the dishes are done.

Or it shouldn’t be anyway.

I’m a mom, yes.

But, I’m also a woman who wants to have a day filled with joy and love — not screaming and crying.

I suspect you feel the same way.

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The Playful Family Adventure is only four weeks and each week you will find new ways to ease yourself into a playful parenting mode rather than go kicking and screaming.

And it’s as much for a working mom or dad as it is for a stay-at-home mom or dad.

And, my favorite part of this e-course is the weekly Playful Dares I will challenge you with. These alone are worth jumping up and down and doing a silly dance over because they will get you LIVING a playful life not just thinking about it.

You weren’t raised that way but the more you live it and learn it and absorb it, the easier it will be for you.It’s like learning a new language, this playful parenting thing.

Build your Playful Parenting habits now … before the kids are gone and you wish you’d done things differently.

3 Responses to Play makes parenting easier

  1. Jennifer Thew says:

    I was just listening to Brene’ Brown’s audiobook Daring Greatly. She said she was watch Ellen do her goofy dances move and said, “I wish I was that loved that I could dance like that.” Her husband told her he loved her like that. She said it was an inspiration to be more playful and goofy which helps people connect. You’re right on the money Shawn!

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