Thursday, August 26, 2010

Time to Breath

Hello Everyone!
Back from Scotland and real life now! Wish things in the U.S. were not so BUSY! It is definitely a different life in Scotland. Kristin is adjusting slowly and a little reluctantly. My O.U. class in Adult Psychopathology starts tonight! One step closer to my LMFT and Registered Play Therapist!

Listening to the birds, and children play. I am working, just in the park! Hey if you have to work it might as well be in a fun place! Taking a small break in the day before Play Therapy session and class tonight.

Hopefully since the weather is cooler you all are getting outside to PLAY!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Time for a Break!

The "stuff" in our lives can sometimes get us down...take the time to enjoy the simple things. Go for a walk in the park, just sit outside and enjoy the wonderful world that God has given us. Listen to the birds...remember that God knows when the sparrow falls, just think about how much He cares for you!
These past few days in Scotland have been a refreshing time for me. Getting to see my daughter again and knowing that we will be going home in just a few days is exciting and a little apprehensive. But I know that God has a plan!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Scotland, do it! It is a wonderful place full of history and beauty! The rivers, the highlands, the flowers and birds all reflect God's creations.

I hear that it is 100 degrees in Edmond and the forecast is the same for next week. Hopefully, my body won't go into shock or melt when I get home!

Check out my pictures on Facebook of my Scotland trip. Such fun!
Remember take time to play!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fireworks, Rain & Fun

This 4th of July has been filled with fireworks, rain & fun! In rural Oklahoma fireworks are free reign! The past 2 nights have been filled with continual color burst and loud noises! I will say our family contributed to that some last night! During the times it has not been pouring down rain, I have taken the time to get out and Play! I put my rain boots on and went outside and played in the puddles. Worked in the garden some too in between rain showers. The Koi pond will have to wait, too muddy. Unusual weather for the 4th of July in Oklahoma! Usually over 100 degrees and HOT! On this 4th of July remember our Military that have fought for our freedom and still do today. Thank God we have our personal freedom and Freedom to Play!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Recess = Stress Reduction

Stress caused by a number of factors, including a lack of recess, can have a negative impact on children. By including recess as part of a child’s school day, it can reduce stress. Children need a developmentally appropriate strategy to reduce this stress. Recess allows children to engage in high level thinking which fosters cognitive development. Adults should encourage interaction of children that guide children toward solutions, but refrain from providing all solutions for them. Free play can look like just playing to the casual observer, but to the child, play is developmentally important. For more information on the importance of play, check out the following link:

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Today is Father's Day. Take time to remember the Dad's in your life and tell them thank you for being there. Whether you have a special day planned, or just a time home with your Dad, be grateful that you have a father to spend it with. For those of you that don't remember the good times you had with your father. Talk about special memories with your children to help them remember too.

Take time to Play today and every day!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Remembering Play

Many things come to mind when I hear the word recess. I remember my elementary school days at Sunset elementary school. I looked forward to recess both before school and after lunch. This was a time to socialize and play with my friends. The recess time I had was spent playing in the dirt, on the swings, slide, and monkey bars creating a world of fun with my friends. Children today are rarely given the opportunity to participate in this type of “free spontaneous play”. The recess time when I was a child has been replaced with a structured play time or has diminished so much that one would not recognize the time as recess. Children are not given the chance to explore their world in their own way.