MCF Kamloops Blog
Event Date: January 26th, 2017
Giving our kids freedom, smarts and independence without going nuts with worry!
Re-post from Psych Central:
It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments.
Today’s post is a bit different from the last, today is our first GUEST blog submission from the staff at Cariboo Child Care Society on the Thompson Rivers University Campus.
Today’s post is on rough and tumble play and is a story about a boy named Sawyer…in the words of his caregiver Mary.
What would it feel like to be nagged throughout the day? To feel, possibly, like you don’t belong? I can’t say for sure how Sawyer felt, but I can tell you how I felt for him. I felt sad. I felt like what we were offering him in our program wasn’t meeting his needs. He was the oldest child and he seemed bored. Like most boys, Sawyer did well outside. He loved to be outside in all the seasons and that was his time to just be himself.
My team of educators and I began researching Rough and Tumble Play, which is “often identified as wrestling or play fighting but also includes behaviours such as running, chasing, use of open-handed slaps, pushing or pulling another player, using a loud or roaring voice, making hitting motions, and jumping on, throwing or kicking an object (Tannock, 2005).”
We imagined that this would be something he would ENJOY: what we didn’t realize until we allowed it to happen was this was something he NEEDED.