To Sleep or Not To Sleep?

Happy Wednesday!!! I have to admit, I have a love-hate relationship with the idea of Wednesday being “hump” day. On the one hand, I’m super excited that I’ve made it half-way through a week, on the other hand, I sometimes get tired thinking that I still have a few  more days to go before the […]

Coping with Harvey, Irma, And Other Storms

Houston is working diligently to put the city back together after Harvey while Irma has her turn to take on the human race. It’s very easy to focus on the simple things: getting food, water, and shelter to those who need to, and don’t get me wrong, these are very important goals. But it’s also […]

Staving Off Compassion Fatigue

If you are working in any helping profession you know that it is very important to guard against compassion fatigue. Those who are in the child life field know that it’s incredibly important. The reality is that the job of a child life specialist can be very emotionally difficult. You are often asked to come […]

Friday Fun: Because Kids Don’t Talk Like That

It’s National Play Therapy Week and there is the funniest video on youtube that gives a great example of why play therapy is so important. As I explain to so many people every day, kids don’t really sit and have a long, deep conversation about their feelings and experiences. They communicate through play. And play […]

A Hero With A Stethoscope

Today I wanted to share a wonderful video about a Dr. Michael B Harris, an oncologist who is more than just a doctor treating cancer. He is treating the whole patient and the whole family, very much like a child life specialist. In fact, he is a huge supporter of child life, talking about the […]

Sharing Play Even In The Most Difficult Circumstances

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you a wonderful video that was shared with me last week. Michael Towne, a child life specialist in California got up on the TEDx stage to share about how important it is to have fun, even when the situation appears most dire. He did great job sharing some of […]

Bringing the Leaders to Child Life

There was a great video posted recently about how a hospital CEO sat down and learned some of the things child life does with patients and families. I think that it’s awesome the leaders are getting involved and really seeing what we do for the patients. I hope more hospital leaders will reach out and […]

The Real Meaning of Relationships

I wanted to share with you all this wonderful and thought-provoking article I read about how one child life specialist sees her relationships with her patients and families. I love how she talks about the importance of play and how it is so instrumental in helping us develop relationships with patients, who can then trust […]