1. Play– Playing inspires curiosity and creativity, which develops our children’s imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, emotional strength. Play is important for healthy brain development. Through play our children socialize and learn to be self-reliant at the same time. It gives them the chance to be independent, in a do it yourself (no helicopter parenting) kind of way.
the play date values are what inspire us and what we want to offer our community.
2. Connect– Connecting with our children is really the core of intentional parenting. It is essential that we read and talk to our children right away. Reading stimulates a child’s imagination and expands their understanding of the world. This will develop their language and listening skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, learning words and most importantly hearing our voice.
Playing music and singing to our children is also a great way to connect by expressing feelings and telling stories. Music helps our children with coordination and movement, developing their motor skills, and improving overall wellbeing by creating happiness and relaxation.
3. Wander– Wandering or shall we say exploring is important for our children because it empowers them to be curious about the world and care about our environment and other cultures. By wandering they are able to attain important motor skills like pulling up, crawling, standing, walking, climbing and running. Sensory play stimulates a child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.
4. Care– Caring for our children and for our own self is essential in healthy development. As a parent it is important we invest in our body and mind so we can better attend to our children. This is key in intentional parenting, we need to make sure we are eating well, getting enough sleep, doing physical and mental activity so we can continue to grow and learn.
Wandering is one of the first steps in learning about objects, how things work and problem solving. This is also part of daily physical activity, children should get both structured/adult-led and unstructured/free play daily.