Meet the heart of playful families:
the Playful Path.
It's how we help you shift from power-based to an empowered approach to raising awesome humans
If you want to enjoy each stage as it comes (you know your kids grow so quickly!)
but don't want to feel like this...
...then the Playful Path has been created for you.
Our trademarked process helps you LIVE your greatest ideals as a parent, in a way that DITCHES the constant juggle and ‘mama guilt’. It unlocks your children’s unique potential.
It helps you ENJOY your one-of-a-kind family in the good times AND the not-so-good times (when the hits the fan).
It is a cyclical process and family-specific reality check that empowers you to live in alignment with your family's goals when societal conditioning and socially-curated ‘norms’ can make you believe you're not doing enough.
Here's what it's
We ALWAYS start with our unique family in mind. We lean in to our unique values, individual temperaments and interests, and build on challenges.
Every human being is unique and individual, with different interests, needs and strengths. This is an evolutionary necessity! When we see our families for who they ARE - not who the world says they ‘should be’ - everybody thrives.
The most valuable tool in our parenting toolbox is our connection with our child.
We recognise that perfection is a unicorn (aka it doesn’t exist) and strive for connection with our children - and ourselves - instead.
We don’t reserve our love only for when our children please us.
We may not love all of their behaviour, but we love who they are, no matter what. When we distinguish their behaviour from their worth, we give them a safe space to blossom into the authentic version of themselves. They will learn they are enough exactly as they are.
Development should never be hurried for the sake of expectations, convenience OR competition.
We lean in and honour the embedded timeline within our child. We observe what he or she can do, what they are naturally drawn to and what they are good at rather than focus on what they can’t do (yet).
We're not here to pigeon hole parenting approaches. We don't believe in a 'one size fits all'. We're here to help you find what works FOR YOU. When you draw on a repertoire of tools, strategies and resources that help your family become their best.
When we create environments, experiences, routines and habits that align with our unique values, we can nourish the unique individuals in our family and everyone is free to become their best self.
Feelings are a normal part of being human.
We help our children develop emotional intelligence, self regulation and authenticity by acknowledging their experience and supporting and guiding them through it.
We don’t rob them the opportunity to learn these skills by trying to control, shame, judge or punish feelings.
Children are not blank canvases for us to paint.
By design, children are messy, unpredictable, playful and imaginative, each and every one of them different from their parents and siblings. Rather than viewing them as empty vessels to be moulded into a certain ‘type’ of adult, we help them blossom into who they’re meant to be. We strive to cultivate opportunities for autonomy and agency in our children’s lives.
Raising children is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
There’s no such thing as a ‘one-and-done’. We honour our children’s journey of growing up by being true to our values, being consistent in how we show up and recognising that getting to know each other is an ongoing process as we both grow. We trust in the long game and believe in our kids.
It’s not about what you’re DOing, but how you’re BEing.
We believe that play is a highly relevant 21st century neurobiological activity (and are thick in the midst of conducting postgraduate tertiary research to prove it).
Play? IS A BIG DEAL for everybody - but it is NOT something else you need to DO.
Play is restorative, unique and diverse.
We dispel that idea that play is a waste of time. We recognise that we need to carve space and time to connect with ourselves, and nourish our mind, body and spirit and that doing this is productive. We believe in recognising the division of responsibility: what’s our responsibility? What’s their responsibility? .
We tap into the power of the micro-moments of connection that exist in our day-to-day.
We don't need to be micro-managing ALL THE THINGS all the time! When our lives are too structured and rigid, we can rob our children of the opportunity of self discovery! When we understand that meaningfully connecting with our child doesn’t mean we need to DO more, the weight of pressure drops away and we tap into the power of being present to what’s happening in the moment.
We take our job as parents seriously (but not ourselves)
Let’s be real: as a parent, there’s an endless supply of worry at our fingertips, mixed with a dash of ‘don’t stuff this up’ and an overwhelming need to be the ‘best you can be’ for your kiddos. When we are able to laugh at ourselves, offer ourselves radical self love and grace and SEPARATE our self worth from our role as a parent: EVERYBODY WINS.
Johnny Farnham said it best!
Just because we're adults, does NOT mean we are done growing up. We know we’ll grow. When you grow yourself, you grow your child.
When we get curious about ‘self’ and lean in to our continual evolution, we understand ourselves better, which helps us cultivate better relationships, which helps our families thrive. Children can't be what they can't see!
Being a parent changes us.
As the gorgeous Amy Taylor-Kabbaz says, ‘everybody tells us that parenting is about raising kids. Nobody tells us that parenting is also about raising ourselves.’
We acknowledge that like adolescence is a period between childhood and adulthood, matrescence is the profound and ongoing identity shift and evolution from maiden to mother. We can release beliefs that don’t serve us; cultivate beliefs, skills and habits that do, and recognise that being a parent requires a constantly evolving identity.
We parent with a Growth Mindset; the belief that abilities can be cultivated.
Just because we are adults, does not mean we are done growing up! We view mistakes as opportunities for growth and learning and release hard self-judgement and criticism. We approach each day with the knowledge that we can - and will - learn something new. When we know better, we do bett
e opportunities for autonomy and agency in our children’s lives.
We are curious and self-aware.
We believe that our children challenge us to be our best, not bring out our worst. We recognise that the challenges of raising little people can trigger unhealed parts of our own inner child. When we are aware of our buttons and triggers, we can show up and support our children in a different way, allowing us to respond with intention rather than react on autopilot.