Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Intentional Play: February (the mid-point)
I was a little worried that this month's theme ('Emotions') would be a difficult one to pull together. With the focus for the month split between Valentine's Day and the Winter Olympics, there was always the potential for it to be quite disjointed. Sure, we been swapping between love hearts and fluffy cotton-ball 'snow', but threaded throughout our month so far have been some great library books and a lot of conversations about how we feel.
Watching a few Olympic events on TV, Dear Boy and I have talked about feeling scared by the alpine skiing, excited by the slopestyle and happy for the figure skaters. He hasn't said so, but I'm pretty sure he's felt bored senseless by the curling (although I love it). He's also seen more than one crash and competitors laying still and broken on the snow, so I've held his hand as we watch the medics at work, and talked about how frightened their parents must be and then how relieved when they sit up and shake it off. The emotional transitions are sometimes fairly intense, but they've provided a great opportunity to talk about how we deal with them in ourselves - how we might help ourselves and others feel less sad or cranky or frightened, how we might move towards happiness and joy.
Our favourite book so far has been The Bad Mood by Petz and Jackowski, with a grumpy badger whose bad mood spreads to all of his friends. Dear Boy may not be fully grasping the idea that his moods and actions affect the people around him, but when there's a tantrum in the offing and his cars have been thrown against a wall, offering to throw him a 'bad mood party' has made him smile again. He's also taken to our old copy of Sandra Boynton's Happy Hippo, Angry Duck, practising our happy hippo, angry duck and sad chicken faces - "can you sadly say 'cluck, cluck'?" Got to love a bit of Boynton.
All of these talks and books and heart crafts have made him an even more expressive little munchkin, not that I thought that was possible. He's sad, he's happy, he's cross. He feels.