With all the pressures for our children to achieve, it may come as no surprise that many parents want their children to begin learning academic skills in early childhood. But, what if what helped our children best prepare for future academics was something that they are already doing? Play! So, do you want to tap into your child’s natural tendency to play to optimize their learning and development? Watch this Mom Enough Live episode with Sara Reichstadt of Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers and Mom Enough Co-Hosts, Erin and Marti Erickson, to learn about the Power of Play!
Tune in to Mom Enough Live Episode 9 for a discussion on The Power of Play with co-host, Drs. Erin and Marti Erickson, and guest expert, Sara Reichstadt, of Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers. Get tips on supporting play at home and learn why play is one of the most important things your child can do to learn and grow.
About the Hosts
Dr. Erin Erickson is a maternal child health specialist and nurse practitioner, dual-certified in women’s health and family practice. She has extensive experience speaking and writing on topics related to parenting, maternal-child health, and mindfulness. In addition to her graduate studies in nursing and public health, Erin has a Master of Arts in integrative health and wellbeing coaching and works as a health coach for parents and students (from high school through graduate school). As a wife and mom, Erin is living most of the issues addressed on Mom Enough.
Dr. Marti Erickson served as the founding Director of the Children, Youth & Family Consortium and, more recently, as director of the Irving B. Harris Programs and co-chair of the U of M President’s Initiative on Children, Youth & Families. Marti specializes in linking research, practice and policy in the areas of parent-child attachment, child abuse prevention, and children’s mental health. Since retiring from the University in 2008, Marti continues to speak and consult extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, with an emphasis on strategies for addressing the needs of young children and families in high-risk circumstances.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLAY?
❉ KINDERBERRY HILL CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS. Want to learn more about Kinderberry Hill or get helpful resources from their experts in child development? Explore their site and don’t miss their resources page for helpful tips and ideas you can implement at home.
❉ MOM ENOUGH LIVE: LOOSE PARTS PLAY WITH EVERYDAY OBJECTS. As playtime technology expands, have we moved further away from what kids really need to develop their minds? Are everyday objects a better option than high-tech toys? We turned to the experts at Kinderberry Hill to learn more about loose parts play — or how you can use the empty box, the old buttons and other found and upcycled objects to optimize your child’s development. Watch this episode of Mom Enough Live to learn more!
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