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200K Play at Home Mom Gratitude Giveaway!

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In just 3.5 short months, Play at Home Mom LLC  acquired over 100,000 more readers – and those are just the people who use Facebook.  That means there are over 200,000 moms, dads, teachers, caregivers, grandparents, etc who are interested in connecting with their children or the children in their lives through play.  That’s over 200,000 people open to learning, living, and growing together in our community – 200,000 people open to the idea that children learn best through play and that children are capable and worthy of being trusted and listened to.  We are forever grateful for all of you here.  Your sharing, your messages, your emails, and your visits to our web site is what inspires us.  Emails like this one, from a reader…..

Yes, has taken our family on a journey I never thought we would be on. I was certain of the path we would take raising our children. I was practically a parenting pro. A significant age gap between my five siblings and I left me a seasoned professional. My husband was raised much the same way as me and we agreed to raise our kids the same.

Yes, I’ll explore more into this philosophy of play:
When my oldest was 15 months old I started disliking staying at home with him. It was boring. He seemed bored. I was bored. The internet said we couldn’t do anything. Everything was too dangerous. I started debating going back to work. I had always thought I would be a stay at home mom, but maybe it wasn’t for me. And then I came across a blog through Pinterest. The light table seemed pretty cool. Sensory play? That’s neat too. Yes, I’ll go a buy a tub and fill it with random things. Yes, you can scoop and dump until your heart’s content.

Yes, I will “like” the sister site Parenting Beyond Punishment:
I was fascinated by the “Play at Home Mom” philosophy. I wanted to support their growth. I was spanked, my husband was spanked, everyone I knew was pro-spanking in one form or another, and we were all fine. I read the status updates from both pages. Took what I loved and left the rest.

Yes, I’ll read that article
One day, curiosity got the best of me. A link to Aha Parenting had been shared. I wanted to feel right in my decisions, read all the “crazy” things the author had to say. I needed to reaffirm that my way was right. I was struggling. I had hit my son a few times. Something wasn’t right. A rage boiled up inside of me. I wasn’t able to spank from a “loving” place.

And then it all hit me. Like a ton of bricks. “Why don’t you just spank him?!” my husband demanded from me. The words flew from my mouth, “Because if I start I’m not sure I can control myself. I don’t know if I can stop.” I hadn’t been just spanked as a child. I was abused, physically and verbally. My dad had temper problem and my mom only told me to be happy it wasn’t worse. I walked around for 23 years before realizing the amount of anger I had suppressed. The scariest was realizing I had strong impulses to act like I was treated.

I had been told that disagreeing on parenting styles would end marriages and I was extremely fearful we would end up on that path. A few days later my husband tells me, “Look, if spanking’s an issue for you then fine you don’t have to do it. I’m still his father and reserve the right to handle things in my own way.”

Yes, I will learn something brand new
I read. My internet browser had 20 tabs constantly open. I read every chance I got and into the early hours of the morning. Something was happening. I was happier. I was learning to parent from a place of love, not from fear or control. Something else was happening. One article at a time, my husband was changing his stance.

Yes, you can bend the whisk
One day, my son brings me a whisk. It’s completely bent out of shape, similar to me. I felt myself start to get mad. I had spent money on something for him and he was destroying it. How could he? He has no respect for things. Immediately I recognized what was happening. I started walking myself out of those thoughts. I bought the whisk for him. It is his to use as he pleases. I knelt down, “You bent the whisk.” “Yes, mom. It’s a butterfly.” Unmistakably, there was a butterfly I had missed seeing because of anger. I asked if I could keep it in my room as a reminder. He liked that idea. The butterfly has now evolved into an octopus.

Yes
The journey has not been easy. Sometimes I feel completely lost. I yell. I lose my temper. I cry. I also apologize. And admit my mistakes. My heart rests easier everyday. Tonight, as I was typing this, my son asked for me during bedtime. He wanted me to “tell him stuff.” One of our nightly routines.
Me: What are thankful for today?
Him: I’m thankful for you, my brother, dad, and bugs.
Me: What was your favorite part of today?
Him: Playing with you.
Me: I like playing with you too. Did you know you’ve grown me so much as a person?
Him: *awkward stare

I’m eternally grateful for all the work you guys do. I struggle to find the right words, but I really felt like I needed to tell you guys how much you have helped me. It’s hard to believe that a sensory box of pinto beans would lead my family down a completely different path. The connection I’ve been able to build with my sons is something I never knew was possible. You guys have taught me to value connection above all else. A string of “yes” brought me here. One play at a time you really are changing families. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We hope our company inspires everyone to NEVER miss your “whisk moment”.
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Magna-tiles are always a hot ticket item.  Our children have loved them since birth (2008).  They are colorful, durable, open ended, and just plain FUN!  They are, without a doubt  - PLAY AT HOME MOM APPROVED!!

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In an effort to show our gratitude, we are giving away a 100 PIECE SET OF MAGNA-TILES!

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THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE!

This giveaway is open to everyone.  However, an international winner must pay for shipping.

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44 Responses to 200K Play at Home Mom Gratitude Giveaway!

  1. Fran Castelluccio says:

    I have been wanting to purchase this tile set for my grand-kids for quite some time now. Wish me luck!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I would love these for my boys! My husband and I built them a light table for Christmas and I’m slowly adding to their light table manipulates collection.

  3. debbie boissy says:

    We love the magnatiles at our local children’s mueseum. What a treat it would be to have a set of our own!

  4. Samantha K says:

    Thank you for this giveaway! We love Magna Tiles. I’ve been a follower for quite some time now and thoroughly enjoy and appreciate all the activity inspiration that you have given me. Thank you :)

  5. christina says:

    These are awesome. My daughter plays with them endlessly at her school; I would love to have a set at home for her to enjoy as well.

  6. Molly Spradley says:

    We have a cheaper version of these and they ARE NOT the same! They just don’t stay together when you build like Magnatiles do. Would love to win these for my son, he loves his light panel!

  7. Ms Tami says:

    I entered through email and Facebook but couldn’t get the ‘share on wall’ ‘ I just entered to win magna tiles’ link to post to my page, so I just it on my wall using the link below the entry login

    Thanks for the chance to win these for our preschool, and thanks for all of the inspiration :)

  8. Celia says:

    The “pin it” link is not working. It gives an invalid image that can’t be pinned. Are we supposed to pin this blog post? That’s what I did and then copied the URL of the pin. But maybe try to fix the link.

  9. Melissa Vallet says:

    Beautiful letter! Thank you for sharing it & for sharing the magna-tiles. What a great creative toy! My boys would love them.

  10. Amy Paulino says:

    My kids, boy and girl twins 6 and daughter 4, got a set for Christmas and they play with them everyday!! We would love to have another set to end the squabbles over them!

  11. A Neel says:

    I’ve been inspired by your blog for about a year. I’m so happy more people have begun following you recently. You’ve changed the way I see play- and I feel confident it has changed my son and I’s life for the better. Thank you. I would love a set of Magnatiles. I’ve considered buying them, but they are out of my price range. Take care. :)

  12. Billy says:

    I would so love to win those magnets, I tried getting them for my daughter’s birthday, but they stopped selling them here..

    I was also very moved by that story. Glad that your blog made a difference to somebody :-) .

  13. Stephanie says:

    I have been enjoying your page, only wish I had found it sooner! We just tried the “glow in the dark” Easter egg hunt tonight and it was a huge hit! My son hid them afterward for me to go find :) He put them all aside and said I would like to save these and do it again tomorrow. Thank you, it is a rare occasion that my son and I have a moment to connect like that. I hope to be doing more in the future! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  14. HAwley says:

    My 6 year old twins love love these tiles that their friends have. What an awesome treat. Thank you for all you playful ideas. Love it and thanks for bringing joy to families all over.

  15. Heidi says:

    What a generous offer! Please put me in the draw to win these, have never seen anything like them before! My two (and all their friends) would love them :)

  16. briony montgomery says:

    I am inspired by your story, thankyou for being brave to raise your children by what feels right in your heart. You are a constant source of inspiration for me and my family

  17. April says:

    Your site has inspired me so much! Thanks to PAHM, my 3 y.o. son has an “experiment” table and plants that he started from seed on the balcony of our apartment. It all started with a sensory box and here we are 2 years later, saying yes as much as we can, in the space we have, to play. Thank you.

  18. Allanah St. louis says:

    We are homeschooling and our two young girls (2&4) would LOVE these! Thank you for the opportunity! It makes me very happy to hear there are so many parents looking for (and finding!) Great resources and ideas on your sites to help them parent from a place of love.

  19. Shannon says:

    These are the simply the best! Kids are able to expand their problem solving skills, creativity, language, strengthen their spacial and temporal relationships, and incorporate both science and math when playing with Magna-tiles. Thank you for this amazing site!

  20. Patty says:

    The positive feedback messages you shared in your post above are such an encouragement to know there are plenty of parents looking to and actively changing the way they view and interact with their children.

  21. Priscilla says:

    I love the magnatiles! I know they would get so much use from my 5 year old and 3 year old twins! Hope they get to find a home at my house!

  22. Tracy says:

    I absolutely love your website and have gotten so many great ideas of things to do with my kids from you! Thanks so much!

  23. Nicki says:

    I just added these to my wish list at Lakeshore stores. My boys would love these!! I’m researching different ideas for our new light table that I just made for them and these would work great!!! What an amazing give-a-way!!

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