Laura James, former children's TV Producer and creator of Together Time, the app for parents and educators, has written an article entitled 'What's Your Parenting Superpower?' This article allows parents understand the power of playtime; gives them a 'Once-Upon-A-Time opportunity to get inside the mind of their children by participating in their playtime activities.
Not only did James create the application with fun-filled activities that promote learning, she is also the Founder of 7Potato, the new online activity library for parents, kids and educators. Her business is imagination and she is willing to spark one inside of parents everywhere simply by cluing them into their superpowers!
Did you know that all parents have superpowers yet many times these powers remain dormant because parents don't realize that they have the power or understand how to use it. The powers are not the same as the cartoon characters or those witnessed on the big screen , no, the superpower that all parents have is play.
The power of play can instill a greater impact on our world. Play is something all human beings share but too many times parents forget how to play. Like Laura James states, ' If only there were an app for that.' Well, now there is: Together Time with Song and Rhyme is a new app that helps parents bond with their preschoolers through fun, tickles, songs, and rhymes that support early childhood development.
“Together Time makes parents more FUN for kids!” says Laura James, the app’s creator and founder of 7Potato.com. “Childhood is a once-upon-a-time opportunity, it only lasts a few short years. It’s easy for parents to spend too many of those years focused on trying to getting kids to behave in our adult world, when we could be using our superpower to make us child-like again. Parents are better served when they practice living in their children’s world and play. “It’s more of a Jane Goodall approach”, says James, “where you observe and behave like the little creatures, to try and understand kids and their world, instead of trying to make the little creatures fit into your world.” This immersive approach helps parents gain trust and paves the way for a more fun and seamless childhood.”
Playtime is critical in children - especially in the early development stage. It builds skills, forms a parent-child bond that will inevitably last throughout the child's lifetime. Play helps to reduce the natural friction that can often occur with new experiences and patterns of behavior. Playtime makes everyone's life more fun, no doubt about it!
It is just as simple to don a playful attitude as to snap at your child for noncompliance. Creative play can help to break the cycle that many children develop toward seemingly mundane activities. It encourages children to take into consideration these same activities from another, more engaging perspective.
As an example, if your child refuses to get into the car when you need to be someplace, simply start singing "Windshield Wiper" before either of you even get out the door. This helps set expectations for where you are going, rather than the seat they have to be strapped into, while giving your child a sense of fun.
Trouble getting the kids to go to bed? Help settle little creative minds for dreamland with this 5-second tickle before reading their bedtime stories:
“The moon is round, as round as can be.
Two eyes, a nose, a mouth, like ME!”
“These types of parent/child bonding activities give children the ability to experience their world with more of their senses; sight, sound, and touch. The sing-songy, repetition helps them expand on their learning, intuitively and exponentially, with some sense of understanding and even control,” says James. “It also encourages positive behavior and supports early literacy in language, math, and science, which in turn helps them become active learners and lead more engaged lives. Put simply: play encourages possibility in the world.
“Play is the work of children; it supports their ongoing development physically, cognitively, and emotionally. When parents decide to take a little time to find their inner child, play can have the power to transform their lives, giggle-by-giggle, into a magical wonderland. One of the best parts of having kids is that it gives you an excuse to relive childhood. It goes by fast so have fun, play often and connect! If fun is the focus, learning will be the outcome, every time.”
Laura James certainly has the right idea. Start setting yourself up for success by taking a few steps back in time. Your children will see you from a whole new perspective!
To download Together Time, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/together-time-song-rhyme-for/id500577597?mt=8