Mess Fest 2019 On Saturday, my friend and business partner Jac’y celebrated the inaugural Mess Fest in Fayetteville, Arkansas by attending our first event as our Yes to Play business. Kara from Macaroni Kid Fayetteville was the hostess with the mostess – she had arranged the venue, invited vendors and had everything set up and […]Read more "Mess Fest 2019: Cardboard, paint & a lot of fun!"
Last month I wrote about how we should strive to have a play-life balance – interweaving play into our work day so that we can reap the benefits while still doing our jobs. One of these playful activities you can do either on your own or with the children/staff/families that you work with is a […]Read more "Play-Life Balance: Gratitude"
The start of the school year, as a person who works with young people, comes with a barrage of often intense feelings. Excitement about meeting the children you will spend the next year with, worries about how you will help them to grow and learn, hopes and dreams about your personal and professional development, eagerness […]Read more "What if teacher work-life balance was child’s play?"
“But I don’t have time for self-care!” 😩🕒 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is the number one reason I hear from teachers I coach about how hard it is to practice self-care. Time is always an issue for everyone, not just educators. We always feel like we never have enough to do all the things we need (want?) to […]Read more "Time for Self-Care"
I’ve had lots of conversations recently about what people mean when they use the word ‘play’ and how it can be translated to different definitions depending on who you are talking to and what their intention is. One of the biggest problems I see with play is when people say, “You work in early childhood? […]Read more "It’s not just play…but it kinda should be!"
I’ve had a lot of new visitors to The Play Coach recently so I thought I would re-introduce myself and let you guys know what I am bringing to the table. The quote above explains my manifesto for adults to support children learning through play. If it sounds like something you want for the children in […]Read more "BE The Play"
As children, we can find the simplest of things to be the funniest thing *EVER* to have happened in the history of our short lives on this planet. Laughter is one of the first noises that most babies start making around 3-4 months of age. At 2 months they can start smiling and they use […]Read more "Behavior Management is Just a Laugh Away"
As you can see, The Play Coach started writing long before the idea came to me this time last year. That’s right, The Play Coach is one year old today!! 🎂🎉 A lot has happened in the past year, here are some highlights – check them out if you missed them! 💫 June Play Challenge 30 […]Read more "Happy 1st Birthday!"
Today is my wedding anniversary! Paul and I have been together for a total of thirteen years now (what?!) and four years ago we flew from England to get married in New York City. Eighteen months later we flew from England again to live in Arkansas for Paul’s work. A LOT of stuff has happened […]Read more "Love Is All You Need"
I’ve been reading lots of comments from preschool teachers recently that, on reflection, make me wonder why some educators find it so difficult to display the kinds of traits we want to see in the children we work with. Traits such as compassion, understanding, empathy and a sense of curiosity. It also makes me wonder if […]Read more "Compassion, Connection & Curiosity – Unlocking the Magic of Childhood"