The Invisible Art of Play

Melissa and Doug Caterpillar Grasping Toy (I know, it's not really a snake)

Has creating spells and making magic helped you hone your parenting skills?   I haven't seen any experts list spellcrafting or analogical thinking as an important parenting ability, but maybe they should.  Let me tell you a story.One time this rainbow snake toy saved me from the minor embarrassment of being that parent, the one whose kid is screaming on your plane's final descent, and it saved my then two year old from the full distress of being buckled down against her will. She'd been i … [Read more...]

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To The Gates of Dreaming: Using Guided Meditation to Help Young Children Sleep

By Jerry MagnuM Porsbjer (www.magnumphoto.se) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By C. B. CabeenI've spent countless hours helping my daughters fall asleep, nursing and bouncing, massaging and singing and praying, lying absolutely quiet or else reciting Mother Goose.  By the time my eldest was preschool age, I turned to magic.  I began using guided meditations with my daughter around the time she was two and a half.  She already enjoyed storytelling immensely, so I figured she could visualize well enough to benefit from a simple trance induction aimed at sleep.  This one … [Read more...]

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