Lying Around: Getting to Quiet

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Lying AroundSome of my most memorable times with the girls come from the quiet. The quiet that comes from long periods of unplanned, unstructured time, where the agenda is to have no agenda—no time limits, no place to go. I love when I can follow their lead, stay until they ask to go, and bask in the quiet… Because when we make peace with that quiet, give it space, and don’t try to fill it, you never know what can come next.

Getting to QuietPlaying with grass…

Ground LevelNoticing the view below…

Up AboveAnd above…

Mmmmm. How I do love those quiet times.



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. Ah the warmer days are finally here! We too have been getting out into nature as much as possible. (when I’m not sorting through stuff of course…yes I keep finding MORE to sort through!) Feels good though! :o)
    ~ joey ~

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