Permission to play, with Susie Robbins

Do you worry that you don’t play enough with your child, or feel bad if playing with them bores you? Or do you play with your children until you’re exhausted, leaving little time for yourself?

In this episode, I talk to Susie Robbins about the importance of play for our wellbeing – both for adults and for children. You’ll get easy tips on how to play without putting pressure on yourself to make it Pinterest Perfect – it is about connection, not perfection, and quality over quantity. 

Susie Robbins is an advocate for play. She believes in the power of play to help young children learn, to communicate and to make sense of the world around them. She has seen first hand how activity based learning can create a love for learning and deepen a connection between adult and child. 

We cover: 

Reengaging disruptive children with activities

Self-worth and pride increasing with play

Supporting learning through play

Social media pressure to play ‘perfectly’

Parents feeling like ‘failures’ in play

Making chores and everyday life into playful moments
Reducing battles through playful games and challenges

5 minute play is enough – time limited play

Connecting through play and shared activity

Alleviating stress/anxiety for adults playing

Play DNA – reignite playfulness from childhood 

The pleasure of play protects our energy

Unrealistic expectations on children’s attention span

Sensory play tips

Permission to be a parent, not childcare provider

Facilitating independent play

Find Susie on Instagram at @resolvetoplay and on her website www.resolvetoplay.com

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This episode was edited by Emily Crosby Media

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Michaela Thomas

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