Connecting Through Play :: Charissa Fry [Ep 319]
Licensed Professional Counselor Charissa Fry is back to help parents get the “most bang for our buck” when it comes to one-on-one connected time with our kids — PLAY!
Even if you’re a mom who doesn’t love playtime or you feel like you can’t add one more thing to your family schedule, listen in as Charissa breaks down how the benefits of special playtime far exceed the difficulties.
We follow the child’s lead because it allows the child to feel seen, heard, understood, and delighted in like you care about what they care about. You’re interested in what they’re interested in. It also models cooperation. And it’s helpful with the power dynamic between a parent and a child.
We talk about how to remove the teacher, parent and disciplinarian hats and enter into playtime with a positive and engaged attitude that can reap BIG benefits in our parenting over time. Charissa explains some of the “rules” of special playtime that can help us reinforce positive behavior and give our kids permission to play however they want.
I hope this episode leaves you encouraged to connect with kids through imaginative play. For more information, check out this resource from Charissa!
Helpful Verbal Cue:
“Hey, in five minutes, we’re going to have special playtime and you get to choose what we do together.”