Four interactive, play-inspiring projects to grow kindness. A guest post from Doing Good Together's Sarah Aadland. Improv Parenting is a huge fan of DGT's mission to make volunteering and service easy and accessible for families.
We provide you 90 minutes every month of playful connection to yourself and others. Stepping back from your routine to play, create and reflect will help you recharge and be re-inspired. Because we all need it, dammit!
Preschool emotions are under construction. What we see as a bad behaviors are emotions looking for a way out. Parents play a big role in coaching, modeling and telling stories involving our emotional self-regulation.
As a parent, I don't have to - and shouldn't, according to Gopnik - attend to every interaction and mine every teaching moment. I am better able to tap into this mindset when I'm in my relaxed, creative state, informed by improv. It's okay to show up and play and be a gardener delighting over her flowers.
We all have negative emotions. It's essential to accept them as part of being human. And it's important to notice the hard stuff for what it is. Improv helps us notice and find constructive ways to communicate and model a healthy emotional life.
Role reversal is simply trading roles. You become the child (or the powerless one), your child becomes you (or someone else in power). It gets easier the more you do it, and having 'success' through connecting and getting through tense moments will motivate you to try it again and again.