Kia Ora Geeks, what’s up? So Little Girl and I started our week with a beautiful visit to the Playcentre in Leithfield. I wanted to follow up with a few links from our conversation there.
First: May I say how much I love Playcentre as a movement, a philosophy, and a thing in general. It’s uniquely kiwi, supportive of families (therefore is grounded in Bioecological theories of human development, whoop whoop!) and it is a monument to play. And play rules. That’s that. As I told the lovely Kate, who is writing about the morning for a Playcentre publication, being in a Playcentre makes me proud to be a New Zealander.
I also happen to adore Kay Henson, who runs that Monday morning session at Leithfield Playcentre. What a lucky little village. And what lovely, devoted mamas all hanging out that day. I am grateful to have spent some time with you all.
I see the way you attend so patiently, selflessly, (exhaustedly!) to your settled, loved, inquisitive children. I see you.
Some of the things I wanted to follow up:
This is a good intro to temperament theory, and, to follow on, here is an article about the concept of Goodness of Fit. And this article does a lovely job of explaining Self Regulation and highlights the link between it and Goodness of Fit. Good times!
An extension of our temperament conversation led us into talking about Elaine Aron and her Highly Sensitive Person work. Check out more here.
A couple of musical links now: first with regards to behaviour. This is Accentuate the Positive, which is more than just a classic tune. It’s also a great strategy for dealing with our families. It’s a behaviour management anthem, about choosing your battles, and celebrating the bits that are going well!
The next musical link is a live version of Dixie Chicken by Little Feat, from the year of our Lord, 1977. It’s for Dixie and her mama.
What else? Here is a link to learn more about Madga Gerber, this is a book I highly recommend, this is one of the Buddhist inspired parenting books I wouldn’t live without (I chatted with one mama about this), and won’t you please have a peruse of my writing page for many expansions of some of the topics we discussed.
Finally, this is a random and cool link from Mothering mag about baby birds and the power of song … ooooh.
Speaking of birds, I’m off to give my poorly chook a spa treatment. I wish I was kidding.