We came across a wonderful blog post at Simple Mom on 4 Ways to Practice Playful Parenting and thought we would share.
What is Playful Parenting? It’s what our family has been doing for awhile but I just came across the term in a book by Lawrence Cohen. According to his site,
Playful Parenting is joining children in their world of play, focusing on connection and confidence, giggling and roughhousing, and following your child’s lead.
I like to call it Engaging in Supreme Silliness. (or acting like a Goofball. Take your pick.)
Here are 3 more ideas we would add to Megan’s list.
1. Dance Like You Mean It – In the post, Megan talks bout Shaking It Out to change a child’s mood. In our house, we use music and dancing to not only get our smiles on, but as great exercise. There’s nothing like a strong bass beat and seeing each other groove to make for a happy family moment. Whether your dancing to Ralph’s World or AC/DC, get up and move.
2. Dress Up. There’s nothing like wearing someone else’s clothes to produce a fit of the giggles. If everyone’s bored and cranky, head on up to the closet and put on an outrageous outfit. Where Daddy’s tie with a tee shirt and try to get on your toddler’s hat. Let your kids put on one of your outfits and they’ll be thrilled.
3. Declare it Opposite Day. Make your day even more fun by turning your day upside down. Have breakfast food at dinner time. Eat in the bedroom instead of the kitchen. Take a bath in the morning or at night, opposite of when you usually do things. Read a “Good Morning Story” instead of a “Bedtime Story.”
What do you do with your kids to act silly and playfully parent?