While I am away from my blog, I am honored to showcase a group of talented writers who have stepped forward with their unique voices in support. Every guest writer who is featured here is one that I strongly suggest you follow. Today, I am please to share with you this guest post from Heather at Very Nearly Hippy. I would greatly appreciate it if you would stop by her blog and leave some comment love.




The hardest thing to do in my life is to leave my baby alone to play.
It would be so easy, SO EASY, to rush in, structure every
moment for maximum learning time.

To helicopter.

Oh the delicious sense of self satisfaction I would get from it all.

OK, yeah, no.  That sounds a little more like a little slice of hell to me.  I don’t know about you, but the “Stepford children/children of the corn” scare the bejeepers out of me.

Children are children, not a Pavlovian experiment.

They should not change work stations at the ring of a bell. Bubby has an entire play room at the corner of the house.  The corner.

Can I see him from my computer on the dining room table? Nope.

I can hear him having a ball with his chalkboard table.  Or at least the chalk.  If I’m not mistaken, that last noise I heard was the sound of chalk being lovingly and artistically applied to my Venetian plaster.

Yep.  Just went to check.  Pink.


Do you find it challenging to not intervene in your child’s free play? Has anything you have experienced made it easier or more harder for you to allow for their exploration? I’d love to hear from you.

Heather of Very Nearly Hippy is a Mother/Artist/Costumer/Blogger and occasional Pirate.  She is raising the Princess (12) and Bubby (1 1/2) with natural parenting, gentle discipline, and ice cream, and has an obsession with craftiness and chalkboard paint (usually at the sametime.) You can also find Heather on Twitter


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3 thoughts on “Playtime

  1. I go back and forth on this for sure…

    I definitely see the value of it and it’s my goal to allow her that independent play (which generally my 11-month-old is fine with – she is an adventurous and independent little girl!). I let her climb on things and open cupboards and make messes galore, all while trying not to say ‘Be careful!’…

    When she falls on her butt I smile and laugh instead of gasping (and she’s learned to do the same); when she started rolling over or crawling (and soon will begin walking) I praise her and encourage her instead of worrying about what I’m going to need to babyproof next.

    The point where I falter is letting her put things like dirt and rocks and grass and dog bowl water, etc. into her mouth…I think I let her do it around 40% of the time (I really believe in the importance of letting kids fully explore and that eating dirt is actually a good thing) but it’s hard to get past my natural blech reaction and I probably prevent her more than I should. I guess that’s something I still need to work on… 🙂

  2. I am all about leaving kids to their own devices as much as possible. So many parents are afraid of their children getting a scratch here and a graze there. What they don’t realise is that kids need to do these things to learn!

  3. I love this post. We try to leave our toddler to unstructured play when he wants it, and chalk is one of his latest loves. He has a dish of sidewalk chalk and a toddler-height chalkboard mounted in the kitchen. Of course, that means I sometimes have nice pastel colors on the floors and walls, but that’s why chalk is washable. They learn so much from exploration, and cleanup takes a few moments – why wouldn’t I let him explore?

    Very nice post.

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