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Parenting

5 Attitudes All Parents Should Have When Playing with Their Child

For play therapists, a big part of the way we view play is through our interactions with children and teens. We've mentioned in the blog before that a huge aspect of play is the way it lends itself to be an illuminating medium that brings us closer into our children and teens' inner world. The way we–as adults–respond to this, can make a huge difference in exploring this inner world.



Bullying

Teaching Your Child How to Be an Upstander Through Play

When we read about bullying, we often find a lot of information to prevent it or to help the victim. We explore ways in which we can teach children and teens how to avoid bullying others. And we encourage parents to talk to their kids – early and often – about the emotional consequences bullying can have in victims. However, what are we doing to teach children how to be upstanders and make a real difference when witnessing a bullying situation?



Parenting

This Dad Couldn’t Find a Story That Represented His Family, So He Wrote It

When his daughter asked him to draw a princess, Mark Loewen - psychotherapist, creator of Brave Like a Girl, and author of the book"What Does a Princess Really Look Like?" - didn't hesitate. He drew her head, her hair, and he said: "what beautiful hair she has". And then he stopped. Frustrated to see how we naturally focus on the physical aspects of a woman, Mark gave his daughter something different. And he wrote a book for girls and boys about this.