Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015 Are You Playing with Your Kids? Host Emma Breacain Speaks to Early Childhood Educator Ann Gadzikowski About the Importance of Play

ann-gadzikowskiWake up, feed your family, go to work, pay some bills, run some errands, do some chores, feed your family again. Did you remember to play today?
Most of us understand the importance of recreation for adults as well as children, and we know we benefit from playtime physically, mentally and emotionally. But if you are a 21st century superparent, you might still have questions. You might wonder if you’re doing it “right.” Is your kid playing enough? Is your kid playing too much? Have they got the right kinds of toys? Are you sure you’re doing this right?   Relax, Gadzikowski reminds us, this is about fun.

In her new book “Creating A Beautiful Mess, Ten Essential Play Experiences for a51W-UOTM7gL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Joyous Childhood,” Early Childhood Educator Ann Gadzikowski has identified no less than ten different categories of play! Everything from cuddling a teddy bear to building with blocks to – yes – creating a beautiful mess, has a place in your kid’s well being and development, and maybe yours, too.

Gadzikowski advocates the importance of outdoor time, while offering pointers to maximize the experience even if you don’t happen to live near a scenic park or beach or forest or trail. She’s got opinions on the dreaded screen time debate, and ideas for encouraging your kids to explore play categories they might have been missing.

Let’s have some fun. The mess can wait till later.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Ann Gadzikowski click the following link:     9-21-2015 Emma_Ann Gadzikowski 

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