Practical Parenting: O is for

O-is-for-Outsie-PlayWe often overlook the major impact outdoor play can have on our children’s development – physically we are inviting them to use their muscles as they run, climb, hop, skip, throw a ball and so on. In addition they are breathing fresh air, filling their lungs with oxygen which in turn re-energises their whole body through releasing endorphins in their brains!

Through the stimuli of seeing and touching nature – grass, trees, mud, water, sand and feeling the sun on their faces, or the rain before they run for shelter is all refreshing to their bodies, mind and souls! Being out in the garden or park they become aware of seasonal changes, which creates the natural rhythm of the year which other wise we would be unaware of. Using the garden or your local park we can open up the world of nature to our children’s ever inquisitive minds – lifting a stone can open up the world of insects, planting seeds and caring for growing plants and flowers, noticing what foods and seeds attract birds to your park and so on.

http-::www.abc.net.au:reslib:201211:r1032209_11818803We experience outside play through all our senses which assists our children to develop each area of their sensory system, which in turn is laying the foundation for all aspects of learning.

If we offer a variety of situations for our children to actively play they will be stimulated, engaged and developing through every experience..

 

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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