Baby-Led Play Foundations

Unit 17: Creating a Yes Zone and How this Impacts Play

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In today’s unit of  Baby-Led Play Foundations, we’re introducing the concept of a yes zone and how you can set this up at home.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A YES ZONE?

A yes space is an area made specifically so that your child can feel 100% safe and confident.

They know that this area is a place they can move, explore, touch, and play without getting in trouble or being told no.

I like to take this concept even a little further and think of my entire home and parenting in general as a yes zone. To me, this means allowing my child the space to explore things, to touch, to explore his curiosity, and just be a child in general.

Of course, we still have boundaries and rules and I still say no, but I do try to to think through this before automatically jumping to no this and no that.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CREATING A YES SPACE?

Creating a yes space and yes approach to parenting shifts your interaction with your child to more trust, respect, and collaboration. It also allows both you and your child more freedom and independence.

HOW DO YOU CREATE A YES ZONE?

Look through an area and remove any potential safety hazards or reasons that you would need to step in and redirect their play.

Then add in toys or activities that help to meet your child’s developmental needs, encourage creativity, and stimulate physical activity.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO SAY YES AND WHEN TO SAY NO?

Identify your family’s boundaries and the safety risk for each situation to decide if you need to step in or if the play can continue as is.

ASSIGNMENT: REFLECT ON HOW YOU CAN INCORPORATE YES SPACES IN YOUR HOME AND HOW YOU CAN THINK THROUGH WHEN TO SAY YES VERSUS WHEN TO SAY NO.

1. Can you think of anything you’re redirecting or constantly saying no to that you could adjust or allow your baby to explore more freely?

2. What are some of your family boundaries that are important for you to redirect and what are some areas that you might be okay with a little more freedom and exploration for your baby?

3. Can you try to set up a yes space and give your baby some playtime that is completely free of redirections and oh-no’s today?

Like always, feel free to email me! Especially if there’s a part of your day that you’re not sure if it should be a yes or a no or if you’re having troubles creating more yes spaces in your home and more of a yes mentality in your parenting.

COMING NEXT: CREATING SPACE FOR RISKY PLAY

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