Upgrade Your Ordinary!

May 18, 2012

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh!

Sometimes ordinary can drain………. overwhelm……… be tedious……… daunt!

When that happens upgrade the present tense with a little

  • rhythm
  • movement
  • voice
  • word
  • sense of humor
  • AND A PLAYMATE INSIDE OR NEARBY!

LET IT ROCK! Check out Ghanaian Postal Workers who know how to zing a repeating action

Ghana_Post_Office.mp3

Or how about dance walking!

Whatever you are doing right now

  • Give it a bounce!
  • Try it real    s     l     o      w.
  • Add a weird sound.

It’s not hard to play. It’s only hard to be “ordinary too much!”

Keep those wowzer moments coming!

Want to get a group of people doing the coolest walks ever email cynthia@interplay.org. I’ll send directions for InterPlay’s Walk Stop Run sequence! The best part? Walking backwards and saying Thank you if you run into someone. Now that’s extraordinary!

Ordinary Life is not for sissies. Find out how you too can make life more than bearable. Heal. Connect. Deepen. Inspire. InterPlay is popping up everywhere. YAY!

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I Play Therefore I Am: InterPlay Parenting

May 11, 2012

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!