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What is Playlistening?

What is Hand in Hand Parenting?: Day 5 Play is the safe cradle in which our children experiment, express themselves, and explore their world. Whatever the activity, your child is playing when her actions are spontaneous, she controls her role, … Continue reading

Carpool Playlistening

Parents got together and came up with a carpool arrangement, then invited one of the Hand in Hand trainers for an education night to learn about Parenting by Connection tools. Some families started doing Special Time and Staylistening at home. Continue reading

Playlistening with a Picky Eater

FreeImages.com/Patrick Nijhuis There is a boy in my kindergarten class who often asks for food that is only available for those who left their lunch at home even when he has some food left in his lunch box. “I don’t … Continue reading

The Bumbling Santa

Two years ago, we arranged for Dad to leave the Christmas party to “buy the paper” and a few minutes later Santa Claus arrived with presents in a bag. He then proceeded to read the rhymes on each present and … Continue reading

Power Play: What to Do When Play Turns Bad

By Heidi Grainger Russell Children’s playful giggles and laughter can soon boil over and frenzied excitement erupts into power struggles, arguments and aggression. So how can you step in safely to diffuse a play situation headed south? Hand in Hand’s Heidi Grainger Russell explains … Continue reading

Helping Boys With Gun Play – The Power of Laughter

My sweet four year old son was so shocked when he first learned about the existence of guns that he spent months exploring why guns existed, wondering why the government didn’t do anything to get rid of guns, and talking about collecting all the guns in the world and melting them down to recycle them. Continue reading

Talking While Pillow Fighting

My 11-year-old son usually wants to pillow fight or sword fight during his special times with me. He told me recently, “I like it when we talk, too,” which is just what happens. As we wrestle and play and have … Continue reading