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sensory play essentials

Sensory Play 101

Heard all the buzz about sensory play?  Want to give kids the opportunity for sensory play, but you don’t know where to start?  Love sensory play and looking for more ideas?  This is the post for YOU!  SENSORY PLAY 101! I’ve
Halloween EQ:  Helpful tips on being sensitive to others on Halloween

Halloween EQ: Sensitivity Training for kids AND ADULTS

Since Halloween is just a couple days away, I thought it was the PERFECT time to discuss the importance of being mindful about children’s feelings.  Actually, ANYTIME is good to discuss this .. but I have a couple of points to
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
abcs of back to school

The ABCs of Back to School … and The Weekly Kids Co-Op

Each September I’m never who is more upset that summer has come to an end … me or my kids.  I know lots of parents find the school-free days stressful and can’t wait to send them off to their teachers, but
stop negative thinking

Teach Kids How to STOP Negative Thinking

“I can’t”                  “I’ll never be able to …”                                                  
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
How to utilize the books of Mem Fox in play therapy and as parenting resources

Utilizing the Books of Mem Fox in Play Therapy and as Parenting Resources

I’ve said this time again, one of the reasons we love participating in the Virtual Book Club for Kids is because it exposes myself and my kids to children’s authors that we might not otherwise explore.  This month’s featured author, Mem
fun ways to eat a rainbow

Eat a Rainbow: Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring Denise Fleming

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring author/illustrator, Denise Fleming.  Her books were new to the kids and I … and we had a ton of fun exploring them. Widgets One book, however, really fit into another
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
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,
thanksgiving apps

4 Fun (FREE!) Thanksgiving Apps

We had SO much fun playing with all the Halloween apps that I found for my iPhone, that I just had see if I could find some for Thanksgiving.  Here’s 4 Fun (FREE!) Thanksgiving Apps that I found, tested out with