Have you settled into the new ‘normal’? As a parent of two children (aged 10 and 7) I’ve had to make some pretty major adjustments (like many of you reading this blog). Instead of running my dance business full-time and managing a festival involving 350 children, I’m staying at home and helping my own kids with their schooling.
There’s been some highs (more family board games, time to garden) and plenty of lows (various illnesses, sibling disputes on a daily basis!) but we are very fortunate and grateful that the pandemic hasn’t caused much disruption to our lives.
Amid the uncertain and changing situation, I’m conscious that my children still need time to play and moments to be creative. I’m lucky that I get to be creative in my work and have learnt a lot over the last 18 years from both the children I’ve taught as well as my own two kids.
So, I thought I’d share some ideas to be creative that you might find useful whilst you’re staying at home too.
Here’s three ways to introduce playfulness, spontaneity and creativity with your own families.
(Before you try any of these ideas out, please make sure you have a safe space around you. And don’t worry about what you look like – dance isn’t all about aesthetics!)