If you’re anything like me, you always start the summer with the best of intentions, and dreams of days filled playing creatively with your kiddos. But sometimes the “how” of play escapes me- after all, I’m 35 and it’s been a loooooong time since I actually played. It’s hard getting out of our adult brains to speak “kid”, especially when there’s a pile of dishes to be done or laundry to be folded…Often my daughter Ruby begs me to play Barbies with her, only to then object to my more “adult” method of playing! How do we successfully engage fully with our kids, and play like a KID?
Enter a brand new book from our Parent-Teacher Collection!
In Well Played, Meredith Sinclair says “When my boys were small and I was home 24/7, I thought I played with my kids ALL. THE. TIME. But as I began to look more closely into what it meant to truly play, I quickly realized that what I was doing was setting up and managing THEIR play.”…”What our kids want is to see us get wasted on a mocktail of utter joy and childlike giddiness once in a while too!” This book is chock-full of genuine PLAY opportunities for the whole family, and shows the science behind the benefits of connecting with your kids on their level. Make room for play in your life this summer- check out Well Played and get started on the best summer of your (and your kids’) lives!
For more ideas for summer play, check out these awesome books in our Parent-Teacher Collection next time you’re here at Moline Library!
And for great play ideas for outdoor summer fun, check out these fantastic reads, also from our Parent-Teacher collection!