Why Won’t My Kids Just Go Play?

Episode #10: Why Won’t My Kids Just Play?!?

Do you feel frustrated when your kids won’t just go play?

And what about the bins of Legos and awesome craft supplies nobody touches? Why won’t they play with them?

Or, do you wish you were a more playful mom? I know I do.

In this episode, I interview my co-host, Melissa. She’s done her research and shares great information that will help you view play in new ways.

We talk about the developmental stages of play and how early trauma delays this process.

We also discuss different play styles. I was relieved to learn I actually do play with my kids, but it’s not with board games, because (you remember homophones) board sounds a whole lot like bored.

Grab our free download about play development and play styles. 

We release a new episode of The Adoption Connection podcast each Tuesday. Next week our guest will be talking about hope for battle-weary parents. You’re going to love her.

With courage and hope,


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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