Have you ever wondered what different toys foster in your child's inner world? Let me tell you about a few of them.
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.
I love writing articles for parents, but my heart goes out to them. It's difficult being a parent in this time and age. Between the devastating news about our actual world being a victim to climate change and all the social-emotional dangers to which children are exposed to nowadays, it's terrifying.
I think we have clearly established that play is the best medium to help children better manage their inner world. Their dreams and aspirations. Their anxieties and fears. Their desires and nightmares. Which is also why play is the best medium to talk to your child about their feelings.
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?
We are well aware of how
It's undeniable that the current sociopolitical environment is incredibly heavy. It seems as though not a day goes by when we don't hear about a story of social injustice or violence. While there have always been injustices and violence throughout our history, social media plays a big role in us learning about them much quicker than before.
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.