Why Play?

Want to nurture emotional intelligence in children?
The answer is play. 

play is learning
"Play prepares young brains for life."
-Dr. Sergio Pellis, University of Lethbridge
It's true! Research shows that play helps to stir up neuron activity in the foremost facet of the brain called the prefrontal cortex—an area of the brain that plays a vital role in regulating emotions, making plans and solving problems. Play literally wires young brains for connection, building "social brains" that know how to interact with others in positive ways.*
Play is crucial to our ability to thrive as human beings, and for this reason, “Playing to Learn” is at the top of our six-element approach to connecting the generations and nurturing the human spirit.
* Hamilton, J. (2014, August 6). Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build a Better Brain. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org

Play prepares young brains for life


Putting the science of play into action.

While we often use play to teach the ABCs and 123s, we rarely think to use it in the moments when our children are experiencing heightened emotions, where positive (aka restorative) childrearing methods can make a big difference in the way kids learn to process feelings.

We created the PeaceMakers card game and the Time-In ToolKit to help children understand their emotions, talk about their feelings, and strengthen their emotional intelligence.

Enroll in our Positive Parenting Course.

If you are new to positive discipline, you are not in it alone! Our six-week online course will teach you how to connect with children playfully while setting and maintaining clear, firm, and consistent boundaries.

Start your more joyful, less stressful parenting journey right now, with a free introduction to positive parenting with the founder of Generation Mindful, Suzanne Tucker.



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