I Play Therefore I Am: InterPlay Parenting

Take a deep breath.

Let it out with a sigh.

Smile.

Squirm.

Gaze.

Wonder.

Wander off.

Tease.

Solomon Shaw is a player. So are his parents, Theron and Elizabeth.. InterPlay has been around 23 years. A few of us have that much parenting practice. Our kids tend to be creative, present, caring, entrepreneurial and a bit wild, giving us parents new adventures.

A parents primary job is to love and keep a child safe and healthy. Unfortunately we tend to worry and work the children with us.

InterPlay nurtures the ground for five elements of playful interaction.

  • Pick a medium: sound, movement, doodling, words, or eye contact.
  • Next do something and repeat it as a rhythm. Or just act a little weird. (Initiate)
  • Keep doing it until it goes somewhere else. (Follow)
  • Keep going until it the thing itself is leading, even just a bit. (Be One with)
  • Let it end. (Change)
  • Start a new thing.)

In self-play and partner-play are the elements of healthy interaction. See InterPlay’s Healthy Interaction Checklist. Just email cynthia@interplay.org and I’ll send it.

Play demands NO PURPOSE, NO OUTCOME, just pleasure, curiosity and connection. THAT’S IT! This is easiest with a partner or child. Grandparents, aunts and uncles were made for play where safety is not the only concern.

If a parent enjoys play they can foster it in a child. The challenge? It’s easy to forget in a success and work driven world. Remedy?

Take play breaks often. Everyday I ask, Did I play?”

TAKE A DEEP BREATH!
SHAKE IT OUT!
DON”T WORRY. BE HAPPY!
WE PLAY BECAUSE WE ARE!
The UNIVERSE WANTS TO PLAY US!

Want success? Have you played today? Call an InterPlay Leader. They even do it on the phone!

(If you are an InterPlay leader ask me for the new InterPlay Across the Generations Document!

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One Response to I Play Therefore I Am: InterPlay Parenting

  1. DaniGirl says:

    Hi there, the photo you’re using of the little boy in the raincoat is mine, and it’s protected by copyright even though I know it’s all over pinterest. He’s my son and I’d be grateful if you removed it. Thank you!

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