Ep 105: Playful Parenting: Build Bonds & Boost Development with Autumn McKay

by | May 13, 2024 | Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

You want to be a playful parent, but how can you actually play with a really young baby? Just what do you do??
In this episode, mom expert Autumn McKay shares practical how-to’s on easy ways to make the most of every moment for learning – without a lot of advance planning and preparation. She shares how to effectively balance fostering your child’s natural curiosity with providing structured learning opportunities, especially during the crucial first three years of development.


As we navigate the complexities of parenting in the digital age, we’ll also address the role of screen time in early childhood development and how to strike a balance between virtual and real-world experiences. Join us as we empower parents with practical insights and encouragement to make the most of their precious moments with their little ones.


Topics Discussed:

  • Creating Opportunities to Learn
  • Milestones of Learning to Walk
  • Connecting Emotionally with Your Child
  • Screen Time and Learning
  • What We Can Learn from Ms Rachel (on YouTube!)

About our guest:

With over ten years of marriage under her belt and the proud parent of two sons and a daughter, Autumn brings a wealth of firsthand experience to her endeavors. Her lifelong aspiration to become an educator drove her to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, followed by obtaining certifications in multiple states. Balancing her fervor for teaching with the intricacies of motherhood, she has channeled her passion into creating captivating activities for her children, resulting in the creation of successful books such as ‘The Ultimate Toddler Activity Guide’ and ‘The Ultimate 1 Year Old Activity Book’. Understanding the significance of nurturing young minds, she has broadened her series to encompass various age groups, ranging from toddlers to first graders.
In acknowledgment of the burnout that can accompany motherhood, Autumn developed ‘The Full Life Gratitude Journal for Moms’ to aid others in discovering joy and mindfulness in their daily lives. Beyond her dedication to education and parenting, she finds pleasure in partaking in outdoor activities with her family, orchestrating dream vacations, and immersing herself in the pages of enthralling books. Connect with her at BestMomIdeas.com.
Autumn has created a free resource for you!

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About Ann

I’m a child development specialist, parent coach and teacher trainer. I’ve cared for countless babies in child development programs, plus 3 kids, 4 grand babies and 5 foster babies! I LOVE babies and would come hold yours if I could. ❤️

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