I have to admit that one of the things that’s been really tough for me is feeling a deep connection with my kids when they are misbehaving. Their misbehavior frustrates me and sometimes gets me to the point that even though I love them, I don’t like being around them.
A little while ago, marriage and family therapist, Jeff Tesch taught me about something called “Play Therapy”. Play therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for a therapist to help a child heal from deep traumas. Additionally, a simplified version of it can be used at home to connect with ANY child, which leads to improved behavior, and has the added perk of improving a child’s ability to concentrate for longer periods of time!
In today’s episode, Jeff Tesch, LMFT teaches ALL OF US how to use play therapy in our own homes. I have been using it for the last couple of weeks and have been amazed at the results. I have seen improved behavior, I have felt deeply connected to my kids, I have genuinely loved being around them, and so much more. Now, whenever a child’s behavior seems to start regressing, I take some time to do this “at home play therapy” with them and I see results really quickly. It’s been a game changer.