As a new parent, I knew a lot of things would be hard: the sleepless nights, potty training, picky eating, temper tantrums. I understood that I would spend countless hours teaching my kids the skills and tools they would need to grow into well-mannered, capable children and (eventually) adults. What I wasn’t prepared for was the hardest task I’ve had to face yet: teaching them how to play. I have a feeling I’m not alone. This is the first generation of kids growing up with a myriad of alluring and enticing distractions that compete with good, old-fashioned play and family fun. Getting kids away from screens and playing, whether on their own or with other kids, is hard.
I’m a mom of a fourteen-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, and my passion as my kids have grown has been making play a priority. It was so important to me that I started a blog, The Risky Kids, dedicated to helping parents worry less and have more fun with their kids. I’m mindful that the kind of play you and I grew up with doesn’t just happen naturally anymore - as parents and caregivers we have to foster an environment where play matters. We must carve out unstructured free time in our schedules and provide alternatives to video games and endless streams of entertainment.
That’s why I’m so excited to join the team here at Unplug Your Fun. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your families. I’m here to encourage you and to make this a place you can turn to as a resource for bringing fun back into your family time. In addition to helpful and inspiring content, you’ll find toys, games and puzzles that will entice kids away from screens and help families connect and play.
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