But here’s why I’m really here...
After having my first three kids in three years, I felt kinda gypped.
I’d waited my whole life to become a mum and do the sort of fun, hands-on activities that I’d delivered to hundreds of students in my career as a teacher.
But something I had TOTALLY overlooked?
The impact that being tired would have on my ability to do this.
When I was in ‘the haze’, I remember wishing someone to walk me through simple ideas to get playful.
I didn’t want to think about it (or plan it, screenshot it, save it, pin it…), I wanted to live it with my children.
This super simple process that I have gone through sooo many times over the last almost decade of my parenting journey helped make life with little people less overwhelming for ALL of us.
The pressure I felt to do #ALLTheThings and step into being *the* mum pre-kids-me thought I would be?
it didn’t exist!
The truth is...
we don’t need to strive for ‘perfect’ when there are so many micro-moments of joy and connection waiting in
our messy, ordinary everyday.
Here’s how that truly landed for me:
In 2016, my family moved to a tiny country town almost 2000kms away from everybody and everything we knew.
Back then, I had someone warn me to be careful...that the move may ‘break me’.
But when we got to this brand new place, with 4 kids under the age of 5, you know what happened?
The exact opposite!
Finally, I was freed from what I ‘should’ do...
I was freed from the expectations and commitments from work, freed from the ‘shoulds’ of my inner dialogue as well as expectations from well-meaning family and friends.
We were able to live from our own family values:
adventure, connection, joy & quality time.
Basically, our big move resulted in me being able to redefine who our family was on our own terms.
I kicked all the ‘should do’s’ and this healed me - I came home.
And I want to share the process that got me there with YOU!
(And just a quick heads up: moving your family across the country is NOT required!)
I'm on a mission...
A mission to help overwhelmed mums who feel the pressure to do #ALLTHETHINGS to shake off the ‘shoulds’ of ‘perfect’ parenting
& empower them to choose their OWN playful path.
Nothing lights me up more than being able to help Mums like you find more joy, connection and ease while their little ones are still, well...little!
This is why I created Play Squad...
Because I believe we gain so much from saying a big, collective SEEYA to the pressure of ‘perfect’.
I wanted to create a truly supportive community where mothers could relate to one another, as well as the messy-haired human on the screen. Where they could find play ideas that worked for kids like theirs, ask the questions they need answered and gain confidence and self-belief as a mum. A place where they could celebrate small wins (and complete fails!) with a nurturing, big-hearted online family.
So that’s me
I’m not some got-it-all together super-parent.
I’m just a learning-obsessed, connection-fuelled mum here to help you use play to bring more joy and ease into the precious time you have with your little ones!
Because the thing about being PLAYFUL?
It’s not so much about what you are DOing…
But more about how you are BEing.
And the best way to follow that kind of playful path is from the inside out.
You’re stronger than you think and
you’ve *totally* got this.
I’m SO pumped to have you here!
Cheering for you! Big smiles,
Join the PLAYFULution! Our online membership, Play Squad, is for curious, self-aware parents ready to get all the (real-life) inspiration and support to find the joy, connection and playfulness in the day to day.
A Pinterest board of play activities is not going to help you become a more connected, playful parent. This podcast is an exploration of what is! Made for curious, self-aware parents ready to find more connection and joy in the every day.
Find out how to ditch the ‘shoulds’ of unicorn parenting, build more joy and connection with your little ones, and have fun doing it!