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protective armor against bullies

Protective Armor Against BULLIES

Bullies.  They are out there.  Young and old.  People who tear down others … maybe to feel stronger, in more control, (falsely) better.  They may do it verbally … picking on someone’s faults or differences, making “jokes” or slanderous comments.  They
PlayDrMom's ABCs of Summer

The ABCs of SUMMER … and The Weekly Kids Co-Op

It’s SUMMER.  I’m really looking forward to all the fun my kids and I will have this season.  I rounded up the ABCs of Summer … for a ton of fun from A to Z! A – Visit an Aquatic Center
April Fools Pranks 2

More Playful Pranks for April Fools … the “Play on Words” edition!

My favorite jokes are usually ones that are play on words … and the English language is so wonderful for this!  Here are some past “play on word” pranks I’ve done for April Fools Day … For more playful pranks for
Landreth's Tenets for Relating to Children

A View of Children

What’s your view of children?  Precious?  Obnoxious? A mystery? Incomplete? Frustrating? Incapable? Our personal views about children are bound to vary throughout our own life … and, at times, even throughout the day (or hour!).  But it is important from time
play differences - adjusted vs maladjusted children

Play of Adjusted and Maladjusted Children

As I was reviewing the required text, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (3rd Ed)“, by Garry Landreth, for the Psychotherapy with Children course I am teaching this trimester, I was reminded of the basic differences between the play of adjusted
Chazan's Principles of play

Principles of Play: from Chazan

This image summarizes 2 pages of Chazan’s book on play therapy where she outlines the principles of play.  I wanted to share it with you because it encompasses many reasons why play is SO important for children. In case you’d like
PlayDrMom shares Landreth's Principles for Relationships with Children

Principles for Relationships with Children

In preparing for the start of the Psychotherapy with Children course that I’m teaching at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, I decided to make a visual of Garry Landreth’s Principles for Relationships with Children.   While creating the image in PicMonkey
wonderfully wintery class party

Winter Holiday Class Party

Last year I was one of 3 room moms for my son’s 1st grade class room, here’s the wonderfully wintery class party we put together! There were 8 stations for the kids to go through.  There were 24 in the class,
PlayDrMom's December Bucket List

PlayDrMom’s December Bucket List

Remember you don’t HAVE TO do all (or any) of these.  But we have found them to be great things to do together during the holiday season.  The most important thing is to have fun as a family and ENJOY each other!
wreath of thanks ... and a collection of Thanksgiving ideas from PlayDrMom

Turkey Treats & Thanksgiving Fun

I wanted to share with you some cute ideas I’ve found and tried out of fun snacks and activities for Thanksgiving time in past years. How about we start off with some fun Turkey appetizers?  Like a Turkey Cheeseball … I
A fairy village garden created by PlayDrMom.

Our Magical Fairy Village Garden

Our fairy village garden is a work under progress … ever changing and evolving (especially after this week of getting ready for the International Fairy Tea Party!). The backyard to our house includes over 25 hickory trees* and several garden berms
First Day Worries: Ways to Cope

First Day Worries: Tips to help children starting (or returning) to school

The start of the school year is harder for some children. Maybe because it’s the very first time to attend school … maybe because it’s a new school due to a move or other life event … or maybe because the