Fostering Independent Play - Happy as a Mother

Fostering Independent Play


With Therapist Bryana Kappa



Does your child get bored easily? Do they have little tolerance for frustration? Does your child struggle to play independently without your constant reassurance? If so, tune into this week’s episode focused on how to foster independent play. Therapist Bryana Kappa helps us to understand practical ways to support independent play and realistic expectations for how much time moms should be engaged in play. We also discuss the importance of open ended toys and which toys promote create and imaginative play. 

Bryana Kappa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Redondo Beach, California.  She is endorsed as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist by the California Center for Early Childhood Mental Health.  She owns and operates South Bay Mommy and Me, a center for new moms with infants and toddlers birth-24 months, where she facilitates classes that promote the healthy development of babies, mamas, and their relationships.  Bryana has her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the Postpartum Action Institute. She is dedicated to supporting new moms with young children in discovering a deeper, more joyful connection to motherhood.  She is the mother to a sweet toddler named Matteo, and the happy wife to her husband Matt.


WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • What independent play is
  • How we foster it
  • What open ended toys are 
  • What toys are most helpful for independent play
  • How toys should be organized and presented
  • What a toy rotation is
  • Realistic expectations around parents involvement in play
  • How to watch, wait and wonder when playing with your child 

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  2. Wendi says:

    Hi Stumbled upon your podcast “Foatering Indepedent Play” and had some comments. I have an 19 month old who seeks my attention ALL the time. I try to redirect her to the play area , I basically play with her all day and when I attempt to walk away to prepare dinner she follows and wants me back with her. She is an o py child and she is a very curious busy girl. If I suggest to her she needs to wait 15 min and that I will come play with her then, she would just start crying at my feet and pulling at me until I pick her up or go play with her. I wish you would address these situations as well. Its great that her child listens to her but what about all the other children who don’t. What do you suggest I do. I’m struggling hard with getting her to play on her own. In full 10 hour day , she may play independently for an hour. Help !

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