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POSTER: Toca Boca // TOP: H&M // JEANS: Hudson // CHOKER: ASOS // ATTICUS’ JUMPSUIT: Rags to Raches

When Toca Boca asked us to work with them to promote their Stand for Play program we were so excited because that is so our parenting style. We both think it’s so important to let kids explore and play on their own and we love to watch Atticus do his thing! The other week I sent David an article I found online that I loved. The girl had done an experiment to see how many times her son would look over at her if she just sat and observed for an hour. He looked over 28 times – whether it was to see if she was looking, to show off a new trick, etc. She made the point that had she been on her phone, those 28 moments would have been moments her son thought that electronics were more important than him and his validation. We try to be good about not being on our phones but after we read that we made a no phones in the nursery policy. Sometimes I don’t even realize I am on my phone – even just the other day after we made the rule I freaking did a snapchat in there and then David reminded me πŸ˜‰ we are trying to both get in the habit of leaving it on the counter before going in. That is our time to watch Atticus play and play with him and nothing else. Kids now days play less, have less unstructured free time, which results in decreased creativity and imagination. Just the other day David and I were talking about how fun it is to see Atticus grow up and start to use his imagination while playing. Toca Boca’s Stand for Play program is promoting free play with no rules, timers or points. Just kids being kids, the only goal is to just let them play!

We were introduced to Toca Boca through our friends and have loved their apps since. Atticus loves the Toca Blocks game – I don’t think he knows what he is doing yet haha but he loves just moving the blocks around! A’s contractor brother in law loves that atticus walks around measuring everything with a tape measure – soon he will be building little houses with those blocks πŸ˜‰

Right now Toca Boca is giving away a free poster to the first 2,000 people who share the Stand for Play campaign on their Facebook. Click here for more information!

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    1. I typically use a 24-70mm, but I also use a 20mm, 200mm and 50mm πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sarah!! I will be doing an apartment tour post soon and I link where everything is from in the nursery πŸ™‚ So stay tuned for it!! xo

  1. Gahhhh! I wish our boys could be friends! lol I swear my son makes the exact same facial expressions that Atticus makes! Which are unbelievably adorable btw! I totally agree with this parenting style as well. I sometimes stress about when we’re out and about and my husband goes and puts Nathan down to let him explore on his own but then I have to remind myself that he needs to actually experience the world with his hands not just his eyes. I love this post!

    Carly xo

    http://www.frecklesandcheeks.com

  2. Not only are you amazing – you have the most amazing kids, they really are precious! :]

  3. That is exactly what I do with my kid and unfortunately I get a lot of criticism from my peers and family members. They constantly encourage me to sign him in different activities because the teachers there are expert and I am not. (don’t know anyone more suitable to raise my kid than his mother) :/
    I don’t usually listen but it has start to bug me a little bit.
    Anyways, thanks for the support. Even if you didn’t know you were doing it.
    Xxxx

    1. Oh I am sorry! That is too bad. I am on your side, a mom is definitely a child’s best teacher πŸ™‚ Do what you think is best for your little one!! xo

  4. I love this idea, such great tips for the future!! I admire how you do this with your children and don’t prioritize cell phones as most people these days. (Rosie is so big now!! Can’t get over the kids!!)

  5. that is a GRAND idea. keep the motherly advises coming πŸ™‚
    making a list for the future πŸ˜‰

  6. So cute! He’s getting so big. DYING to know where you got that Choker Necklace!!?? I’ve been searching for one just like it!!

  7. I’m almost seventeen and I LOVE the Toca Boca games ???? My mom has them on her kindle for my younger sister and they are really cool!

  8. I LOVE this concept, I feel like every single thing is educational now and all these things on Pintrest to develop this or that about our children. I want my little boy to just have fun! We have purposefully avoided all those apps that tell you when they are supposed to be developing what skill or when they are having an emotionally stormy week because we found our friends were constantly nervous about if their kid was keeping up or not or if they would wake up in a bad mood cause the app said they should.. We just play with our little boy and love him and he has developed so nicely with no stress on us. Your little boys expressions and how excited he gets reminds me so much of my little boy, its so cute!

    1. I am so glad to hear that!! Thanks so much for the awesome feedback πŸ™‚ I loved reading it!! And aww you are so sweet! Thank you! He is too fun! You sound like an amazing mama! xo

  9. Thank you for sharing this poster would love to see what is it and show it to my son.. I was wondering from where is this beautiful Rosie’s bassinet from.? Thank you again ????❀️????????

    1. Of course!! I am so glad you liked the post πŸ™‚ And I got her bassinet off Amazon! xo

  10. I love how you have so many photos to look back on. Especially the “firsts.” It’s the best feeling to see not only your kids grow, but how you grow with them as well. Or at least that’s wha my mom tells me! πŸ™‚

    1. For sure!! I am definitely looking forward to having these memories for when my kids are older πŸ™‚ You are so sweet!!

    1. Thanks Ana!! We will be doing an apartment tour soon and will share all the details!! xo

    1. Crazy huh?! It really is crazy what an influence we have on them πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!!

  11. But you and david have to post on snapchat about atticus!! Because he is so adorable and i love it

  12. I think this is an awesome campaign and I couldn’t agree more! Spending time with our kiddos off of our phones is so important and it is something I am always working on. Oh and I love your face when Atticus said please! So awesome that David caught it on camera. πŸ™‚ It is always so awesome when we see that the things we are teaching them are sinking in. πŸ™‚

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

    1. Thanks so much Rachel!! I am so glad you agree, I love hearing that πŸ™‚ Thank you for the comment! I appreciate it!!

  13. Ahhhhh ohmygoodness I love this! I am currently majoring in early childhood education and my philosophy for education is to teach children through play!! To let them use their imaginations and creativity and just play!!!! Loved this post so much Amber! So glad you and David are raising Atticus (and soon Rosie) this way! πŸ™‚

    1. Aww thank you Amanda!! I am so happy to hear that πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your insight, I loved it!!

  14. Hi Amber, great post! My partner and I are working on the no phone thing with our 18 month old, it’s almost like an extension of your hand these days so you dont even realise you’re doing it! We’ve been working on saying ‘ta’ for a few months also and still not much luck but hopefully soon ???? x

    1. Thank you Abbie!! I am so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your feedback and insight!! xo

  15. As a first time mom, your post and the Stand For Play Campaign really inspired me…thank you!

  16. This post makes me so happy! I love when you share your thoughts on parenting, and really enjoy seeing you playing with Atticus. Both of your littles are getting big so fast! How exciting to hear him say “please!” I love that David caught your reaction in a photo πŸ™‚ Totally in support of the no-phones-in-the-nursery idea. Your sweet little kiddos are lucky to have such intentional present parents! xoxo

    1. Yay!! I am so happy you liked it πŸ™‚ Thank you love!! I appreciate your feedback. xo

  17. Little Rosie is so precious! Her and A’s blue eyes melt my heart! I love that you allow him to explore and use his imagination. Also, when is a tour of the nursery/apartment coming?? I’m dying to see it!

    1. Aww thank you Sarah!! That’s so nice of you πŸ™‚ And yes! There will be an apartment tour soon! xo

  18. Looooove this post!!! Exactly my thoughts.
    By the way, I just had a look at your “about” page and it is not so up to date since Rosie Bell is already born. πŸ™‚ You’re probably already working on it, so I just wanted to mention.
    xo Raffaela

    1. Thank you so much!! I am glad you liked it πŸ™‚ And oh yes! Thanks for the heads up!

  19. I just love what yall did with the bookshelves/toy shelves in the nursery! I need to get my son’s toys more organized (it’s crazy how much they accumulate!)

    I totally understand the whole cell phone thing! I’ve realized lately how addicted to mine I am and I definitely need to kick back when I’m around my son!

    Katie Fegert http://www.summeronwinterlane.com

    1. Thank you Katie!! I love functional it is for our space πŸ™‚ I am glad you liked the post! Thanks for reading! xo

  20. Love this post! Your nursery is so cute! Do you mind sharing where the shelves are from?

    1. Thanks so much Katie!! We will be doing an apartment tour soon and we will include the details then πŸ™‚

  21. Hi, just wanna let you know that your first link from toca boca got me to your fedex account! Ooops????
    And by the way, am in love with your blog, i always keep checking on new posts.

  22. Aww, so sweet that Atticus is saying please now! I absolutely plead guilty to being addicted to my phone… and I hope when I have kids I can be as good as you about leaving it behind! I agree that it is so important to be engaged with your children <3 You are doing an amazing job with Atticus and Rosie!

    1. It seriously was so cute!! I loved it! And believe me, you are not alone!! It is definitely hard, we are working on it slowly but surely πŸ™‚

  23. These pictures are great! Thanks for sharing. I’m not a mom yet but it’s nice reading blog posts like this one. I feel as if I’m learning so much as to the type of mom I’d like to be in the future – you and David have been pretty incredible inspiration so thank you!

    1. I am so glad you liked them!! πŸ™‚ You are too nice! I love your insight, thank you!!

  24. Just had a 15 minute convo on how my coworker and I LOVE your approach on this – family goals for sure!!

    – theblondelatte.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks Abby!! I am so happy you like it πŸ™‚ There will definitely be one coming soon!

  25. Atticus looks so happy in all of these pictures!! I totally agree that we lose out on a lot of life moments because we get so addicted to our phones, so it’s definitely important to take time away from Instagram and snapchat!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

    1. Aww thank you!! He is so fun πŸ™‚ And I am so glad you liked the post! I appreciate the feedback!

  26. that is a cute article, it makes perfect sense! I like your idea of not bringing your phone into “A’s territory” I like how you mention things like this in your blog because its things I would never think to do or that are even important!! Thanks for sharing love!

    XO JNESS
    jenessasheffield

  27. I Love this!! It’s so freaking true. I’ve nannies for forever and the kids are ALWAYS wanting me to watch them do this or see how they do that and it’s been good practice with them to try my best to put my phone away when I am with them! Usually I just get it out and let them know what I am doing, like “hold on, I’m texting mommy really quick!” so they know that I am taking a second to do something important but then right back in my purse it goes. Our babe comes in August and nannying has already helped teach me a lot about my own “parenting” flaws that I try to fix! So yes, this is so awesome and I’m glad you are bringing attention to it!

    xo
    Candace
    http://www.lovelylittlerants.com

    1. Thanks so much Candace!! I am so glad you liked the article too! And I love that idea of telling them what you are doing if you need to use it. Thank you for sharing your insight, I loved it!! You will be the best mama!! πŸ™‚

  28. I love this! I have 3 boys and it’s hard to split my time between them, but I really make an effort precisely because of that I know how important these moments are for them. I’m so glad you are helping with this. My favorite post by far. Makes me love your family even more, which I thought was impossible since you are already my favorite family besides my own!! Haha.

    http://www.writingmotherfashionista.com

    1. Thanks so much!! You are so sweet! And wow! You are a busy mama! I should be taking advice from you πŸ˜‰ Thanks for reading, I am glad you liked the post! xo

  29. I really like what Toca Boca stands for and the fact that you’re behind it. That study is really interesting! I grew up in a very restrictive environment with an overprotective father so I really value freedom in all forms for myself and for other people.

    http://www.dressupchowdown.com

    1. I am so glad to hear that!! Thanks for reading!! I appreciate the positive feedback πŸ™‚

  30. What a great program!! I think it’s so important as a parent today to put our phones down and play with our children! Thanks for sharing! Xo

    Wonderfulandwhimsical.com

  31. Wow. That really struck a nerve with me and I’m going to park my phone tonight when I get home with my little guy. We’ve been working hard to minimize his television time, but it’s a great reminder that I need to limit my technology time to ensure we connect.

    On a totally unrelated note….would you mind sharing that lipstick you are wearing in this post? It’s amazing!
    Kim

    1. I am so happy you liked the article πŸ™‚ It was very eye opening for me as well! A great reminder for all parents. Thanks for reading!! And the lip color brand is Bite Beauty but I am spacing on the shade and the color is at home sorry!

  32. Hello, what a wonderful post! Could you please give us the source for the play mat you are using in the post?
    Thanks!

  33. This is so adorable! I am such a huge proponent of letting creativity + your imagination take over – a large part of that is due to being an artist πŸ˜‰ If my parents had stifled my playtime who knows if I would have ever fully explored my creative side. Such an awesome cause! Also, PS Atticus + Rosie are looking like twins!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    1. Thanks so much Quinn!! I love your positive feedback on the article πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading!!

  34. I have never heard of Toca Boca’s Stand for Play before but I’m so glad I just did! I don’t have children but if/when I do, I have always thought that they need time to be kids, use their imagination, and be creative without electronics necessarily and I love that you and David value this time for Atticus and Rosie.
    <3 Taylor
    http://www.greysuede.com

  35. Hey amber I just wanted to drop a little message I’ve been following your posts for a long time now and your truly inspirational. I’m a mother of three and you’ve inspired me to create my own blog of pics that I take of our everyday life etc. I have no idea what I’m doing haha so would appreciate any info on starting your own blog. It would be great if you could sneak a peak at it its alexandrawilliamsblog.Wordpress.com πŸ™‚

    1. That is so nice to hear, thank you so much!! I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a sweet comment!! I will definitely check out your blog! I wish you the best of luck!! xo

  36. Me and my man constantly talk about how technology is destroying this world. You are an amazing mother keep up the good work. Thank goodness your not like those pathetic parents that get their kids into social media at A’s age. It makes me sick to see kids caring more about getting likes (by imitating their parents) or thanking everyone for the sweet comments. Kids shouldn’t even know about social media. I am just happy you decided to leave your phone out of the nursery that is some good parenting.

    1. Thank you so much!! That is so nice of you!! I am so happy you liked the article! We are definitely working on it slowly but surely πŸ™‚

  37. This is why i love you guys!!!! Thank you for making people think! And letting kids be kids……i have to give my sister a shout out because like you, she lets her children make choices and she promotes her kids to be themselves and use their imagination. It’s pretty incredible to see. LOVE THIS POST….and you and David are awesome parents! xoxo Tiff

    1. Aww thank you so much!! You are so sweet!! πŸ™‚ You sister sounds like an amazing mama!

    1. Thanks so much!! We are excited to do an apartment tour and show all the final details πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!!

  38. Dear Amber:)
    I really love your posts and your blog! Your pictures are so amazing and you can write really good texts.
    Thank you, for inspiring me so much! I hope that one day I will have such a great family too!
    Many, many greetings from Germany πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!! That is so nice to hear πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the love and support!! xo

  39. This is amazing! I absolutely love the concept of this program. My favorite picture is the one of Atticus holding up the markers with his mouth wide open. He is so expressive these days and I love it! You and David make great parents, and I’ve loved watching you guys grow as a family!

    1. Thanks so much Kay!! That is so sweet of you! I am so glad you liked the message πŸ™‚

  40. I love this! As a first grade teacher, it is so sad that so much emphasis is placed on testing and pushing them to be above grade level and working all the time. I let my students play for a few minutes every day because I think it is so important. What is the article you read about the phones and playing? I have a new baby and am already worried about using my phone around him!

    http://yogawine happiness.com