Creative Child

Playful Parenting Every Day

by Rebecca Eanes


The Hungry Broom

Mostly, the Hungry Broom is out for dust bunnies, but if he sees a child, that child better run! The Hungry Broom will chase after him, so he'd better run and hide. If he stays out of sight, the Hungry Broom will go back to eating dust bunnies. Alternatively, we play “I'm a little crumb” when I vacuum. Same idea, but my kids are crumbs that must run away from the vacuum! Giggles abound and the floor gets cleaned.

Bonus: You can let your child be the Hungry Broom while you run and hide. Just don't stay hidden too long. They will totally catch on to you if you do that. Trust me.

New research shows there is a link between play and cognitive and social skills that are needed for learning as children get older. Play is linked to memory, language, and children being able to recognize symbols.

"A leading researcher in the field of cognitive development says when children pretend, they’re not just being silly—they’re doing science."  - Read more at

The idea here is just to be creative in playing with your kids. Work it in as you work through your to-do list! The more we play, the more peaceful and happy our homes are.

Play is therapeutic. We get along better, feel calmer, and feel closer because we've taken the time to play together. Be intentional about fitting it in daily and resolve to give your child the gift of a playful parent.

Related Article: 5 Ways to Encourage Creativity Through Play

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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