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13 Responses to Parenting Through Play Starts in Infancy

  1. Lauren  

    I love how you show the way playfulness can help with even the youngest of kids. There’s so much in parenting that can be a power struggle, and it’s great to start at the very beginning of life with the assumption that there’s a way to make things work well for everyone.

    • Issa @ LoveLiveGrow

      That’s the assumption I go with. Pretty much whatever the situation is, I’m sure we can all get what we want. I have a lot of practice with that with my partner, Joshua, through Nonviolent Communication. We scoff at compromise and instead aim for true happiness all around. That’s my goal with Dylan, too.

  2. Dionna  

    What an awesome example of how easy and practical playful parenting can be! And I love your comment about how your job isn’t just to get a shirt over his head. You and Dylan will surely enjoy an amazing relationship 🙂

    • Issa @ LoveLiveGrow

      I wrote that line a gazillion times… I wanted to say, “It’s not my job to be a shirt-putter-oner,” but I just couldn’t make it work written out. Putter-onner? Put-er-on-er? It’s just one of those spoken word things! 🙂

  3. Mrs Green @ littlegreenblog.com  

    sounds like a wonderful, gentle start to your relationship; what a gift to your child that you were nurturing enough to find an alternative to something that troubled him. Lovely story – thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. Kellie

    It is so wonderful that you’ve reached out and found a gentle way to connect with your son instead of just shutting out that it bothered him and moving on. I think we all have days where we need to remind ourselves to step back from the utilitarian and be part of the fun.

  5. Adrienne

    It’s so true! Playing with infants is a great way to get their attention and distract them from the things they seem to hate the most. For us, it was diaper changes! 🙂

    • Issa @ LoveLiveGrow

      As a nanny, I had tons of kids that hated diaper changes, so I was all geared up to use all my skills to help Dylan get through them. Turns out that’s practically his favorite thing in the world, so I lucked out there!

  6. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    Baby went through a phase where he hated getting dressed too, and silliness – and playing: Where’s Baby? saved us 😉

  7. Momma Jorje

    Wonderful! I’ve learned a lot and gotten a lot of suggestions today through this carnival, but I’ve also been so pleased to get reminders that… maybe I get this playful thing after all. I’ve played these kinds of infant games to make things fun, too. Even now, Sasha (now 2yo) doesn’t like me to clean her nose, but if we make a play fight of keeping her hands out of the way, she is much more accepting of my rude intrusion! I can see where this game and your shirt game really just give our little ones a chance to warm up to the idea of what is coming instead of it being suddenly thrust upon them.

  8. jaqbuncad

    I love this example of creative play, and am so glad to have found this carnival! We also use the peekaboo-tshirt game, which we discovered one day out of necessity (our youngest also loathes shirts going over his head), and it’s good to be reminded that our job as parents also includes being in right relationship with our children.

  9. Claire  

    I did a similar thing when Peanut was little and I hadn’t even realized I was parenting through play. Especially when she got mobile (which was only a few months older than your son), she started to run away and hide every time I tried to get her dressed. Initially I was stressed out about it, but then I realized she was just trying to play, so I might as well play along with her. I started playing peekaboo through the shirt hole, making funny sounds as I put the clothes on, etc. and she thought it was hilarious. She didn’t try to run anymore because I was playing with her right there.