I’m a big fan of the playpen. I know some parents feel that limiting a child’s physical environment is harsh, or even cruel, but I disagree. I think that planned, independent play in a small, safe area is really important for healthy development. I also think that playpens are incredibly helpful when you’ve got a busy little crawler or new walker on your hands. (Of course, it goes without saying that leaving a child in a playpen all day does not make for a happy child or warrant a mother-of-the-year award!)
I’d like to write about how we use the playpen….
I’d like to share my thoughts on the importance of kids being able to play on their own for short bursts of time without needing to be “entertained” by mum, or the tv, or anyone else. I’d like to remind parents that the world is a very big place to a very small child, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Children can relax when they have clearly defined boundaries. I’d like to reinforce my belief that it’s good for kids to be limited to just a few toys of mum’s choosing at times. In life you can’t always have everything you want.
I’d like to write about how having a playpen means I can pop to the bathroom (which is up a flight of stairs) all by myself, or duck outside to grab the washing. I’d like to tell you about how I can move the playpen around so that my little man can safely be in the same room with me while I’m cooking or crafting (or blogging).
I’d like to, but I can’t. I can’t because today my little man busted out. Broke free. Escaped. The connectors are completely shattered. In several places.
Just perfect. *sigh*
Now how am I going to go to the loo in peace…?!
Last week I posted about the Unbloggy Bits of life, which inspired Kate to start up The Perfectly Imperfect Life Challenge on her blog. If you’d like to read about other imperfect mums, imperfect homes or imperfect days – head to Picklebums for a look.