Weapon play. Gender-Bender play. These are the play themes that press against our comfort zones and challenge our perspectives.
And they’re topics that author Heather Shumaker isn’t afraid to jump right in on in her book, It’s OK Not to Share (*affiliate link).
Happy Mother’s Day!
As I’ve mentioned before in an old post of mine that’s been making the rounds again, Mother’s Day is a wonderful chance to celebrate all the amazing, selfless things moms do every day. But for some moms, it can also be day-long guilt-fest, comparing our own short-comings to an imaginary “Mother’s Day Mom” ideal. We see a composite view of strangers’ best qualities and compare that against our own shortcomings, which are all too familiar.
Any invitation to create yields wonderful benefits for children! Self-expression, fine motor skills, and creative thinking are all brought to the table every time. Art can even be therapeutic! But there’s something special that happens when you work on a bigger scale. With big art projects, larger motor movements are often encouraged, strengthening both the small muscles in the hand, used in most art projects, but also inviting the larger muscle groups in the arms, and sometimes even the whole body! With a larger project and bigger movements, kids who typically steer clear of the art table are often more easily enticed. Big art projects also add a social and linguistic element as kids often work together to fill up such a big canvas. And with such big projects and big movements, outdoors is often an ideal studio — perfect for this time of year! Continue reading
I have a very dear friend, whom I’ve known since I was a gangly, tree-climbing girl. We played tee ball together, had dance recitals together, and, though we spent our teenage years in different states, ended up rooming together in college.
Children have not always been seen as children.
Waaaay back in medieval times, children were simply viewed as “small adults”. Childhood wasn’t really seen as a critical period, different from adulthood. The same rules, expectations, and responsibilities were applied equally to children and adults. (Hence, the child kings, child brides, child laborers, etc.)
I’m so excited to introduce you to one amazing woman who wears many hats! Beryl Young is a mom, teacher, photographer, and the brains behind the amazing Momtographie workshop. She’s here to share some great tips for helping kids experience, explore, and learn through photography. This is part one of a two-part series, so be sure to come back for more of her awesome advice! (And be sure to check out her FREE workshop listed below!)
In my previous life, before becoming a ‘photography coach for moms’ I was a public school teacher for 10 years. I spent 3 of those years in classrooms with Kindergarten and First graders and then spent another 7 years as a technology specialist for both students and staff.
In my final year working in a school, my favorite days were Mondays. Continue reading