Melitsa is the mother of three boys and military wife who specialises in sharing Early Childhood play information via her podcast- Raising Playful Tots and blogs at Play Activities

TED talks for parents – Grit

We want our children to have good character, succeed and have the staying power to keep going. We want them to have grit. The hard thing is trying to do these things without becoming the overbearing and pushy parent ....more

Three things you should embrace as a new mother

New beginnings! So exciting………. I remember being a new mother ....more

Simple Parenting and Play Planner

I’m really excited to share with you the Simple Parenting and Play Planner as a brand new way to have your space and a place for taking action on your family haven. What is the Simple Parenting and Play Planner? Place for parents to catch their dreams, values and ideas and gently lay them out, evaluate and make them happen ....more

Honoring play and exploration by scheduling less

Last time we dipped into how to schedule a less scheduled weekend. With some good beginning steps behind you let’s move onto getting the balance right of activities Here are 3 types of activities to try. These are in a different format to usual as it helps to see what you’re doing in the activity ....more

7 Family Habits worth building and How to

If I were a fly on the wall in your home on a good day what would the atmosphere be like? It’s interesting how much our family atmosphere or family culture goes up and down. There’s definitely a rhythm to it ....more

Choose to model slow

I model busy without any effort. From the boy’s perspective, I’m busy doing all the time. The morning exit is a whirlwind of breakfast, tidying, dishes, conversation, lunches, lost things and moved things ....more

Two things to do before you greet the kids

Are you a lark or an owl? Maybe it’s easier to ask, when you get out of bed do you take a little while to warm up and mellow out? Are you sparkly and chipper? ...more

How to schedule a less scheduled weekend – part 1

Imagine a less scheduled weekend. Sure there will be must attend and action events. Instead of going out activities to here and there ,we schedule a less scheduled weekend ....more

Advent Calendar Blues

The Advent calendars are out and I’m looking forward to opening door number two, three times tonight. We get a little bit of a story, maybe an activity and another part of Christmas story to form the picture. The Nativity Scene ....more

TED Talks for Parents- Self Control

When you’re at home with young children your world can sometimes feel like it is shrinking. With the change of circumstances everything that used to happen is likely to be different. Different for a while and maybe even changed for good ....more