Once upon a time… two sisters started playing outside of the box with their kids
We used to have big ideas about the type of parents we would be when we had kids. But when our kids were born (now aged 8, 5, 4 and two beebeebabies!), we were faced with the reality of how there is no one-size-fits-all instruction manual for raising little people. Parenting was messy! We sometimes had no clue what we were doing. So we did what most parents do: we read the how-to books, asked for advice and spent hours online trying to find the answers. This didn’t really help. We would compare our kids to some ‘ideal’ child who optimally reaches their developmental milestones and follows all parental instructions.
We would feel like we failed when our children didn’t measure up. When we shifted our focus from the ‘ideal’ child to the actual little person in our world, things began to change in our interactions with our children. We realised that the instruction manual we needed was inside each of our own little people all along. They taught us what we needed to know: what they liked and disliked, their passions and frustrations, their strengths and development areas.
Through interacting with our little people, we learnt to understand our children and learn what works for them. We are still learning from them. This became our approach to parenting. Our children are the experts at being themselves! Our job as parents was to provide the experiences and environment that allowed them to be themselves, think outside the box and be kept safe. Instead of trying to make our kids fit into the box that we or the world wanted them to fit into, we let them be(e).
Come play with us
Every week, we get together so our children can play. These wonderfully weird and creative cousins make mess, run, jump and dance, and challenge each other (and us on most days!) Watching them interact made us learn an important lesson: all learning happens through play! As parents, we had the important role of providing an environment in which our children are free to play and guiding their play into a meaningful direction. If we left our kids to run mad and free, they would fight, get bored and ask to watch TV. If we created and prepared a special environment filled with meaningful activities and appropriate toys that our kids could interact with freely, they would be curious, playful, adventurous and imaginative. They would know their own minds and what they wanted to do. They would test the limits but they would learn what was ok and what wasn’t.
We want all children to be free to be themselves and give them the best possible environment to learn about themselves, others and their world. Finding fun activities and innovative toys that stimulate children’s interacting and learning through play is so important to us. beebeebox was born from our passion to share what we’ve learnt about development through play with other parents. We invite you to follow your child in play, engage your child in conversations about play, and learn from the play experts!
Love Camille and Claire (the moms behind beebeebox)