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Our Director of Play and Founder Traci Costa recently shared this message in our monthly Beans Bulletin. It was a message I can so relate to, as I’ve been there – in a job that I was miserable in for far too long. I’m so fortunate to now be doing something that I love! Owning my own business as a Play Stylist brings me so much joy. Read Traci’s message about we can have it all; a job we love, a family too, and the best working environment in the world :
“How many of you had dreaded going to a job, have cringed when the alarm goes off, felt sad to miss out on an important event in your Beans lives. Or maybe you have a job that you love, but want something to channel your inner entrepreneur, a creative or social outlet, to be part of your community, to make something yours.
At some point, we have all been there. Paid our dues, put in our time for someone else, learned our lessons, worked hard, had a boss that didn’t treat people right. I have been there. It is one of the reasons I am so passionate about creating a working opportunity for women, and particularly for mothers. Why can’t work be fun, why can’t we make a difference, why can’t we embrace the people, create goals, achieve them in business and personally. Why can’t we be a stand for the best work environments for mothers, at the Playground or by creating self employment opportunities for women and mothers everywhere.
So I say it again, find what you do, and it will never feel like a day of work ever……create your own destiny, be your own boss, join a family that cares. Peekaboo Beans cares. I care.
So here I am today, asking you to help make a difference in the world, with me. Together. Let’s be the change. Lets:
We can have all this, we can do all this. All we have to do is share our story, share our passion. All we have to do is believe. But we have to do this together. One vine. Standing together through thick and thin. I will continue to spread the joy, to be a stand for our product and be a stand for my Beans and yours.
In love and play,
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When I first got my hands on some Peekaboo Beans five years ago, I used to save Joel’s outfits for special occasions, not wanting them to get dirty or wrecked. Then I gave my head a shake. Why was I saving it? His Peekaboo Beans were meant for PLAYING IN!
So I took them out of the closet, and let him wear them! They were durable to withstand all his crawling around on all fours, dashing over tall buildings and slaying dragons. His Peekaboo Beans were the first thing pulled out of the dryer, and always requested! I loved how comfortable he was in the stretchy fabrics.
Joel’s clothing was washed and rewashed dozens of times before he out grew it. If he had a brother, they would have been passed along to him too. I still have nearly all of his outfits saved in a box in his closet. I just cannot bear to part with them. Every once in a while I take them out of the box and refold them, checking to see if there is anything I might be able to squeeze on to him one last time.
1. CHILDREN pick their own clothing – Peekaboo Beans encourages independent dressing!
2. CHILDREN wear them without help – wide elastic waists are easy to pull up, zipper pulls are childsized, and there are no buttons or fastners to fumble with.
3. PLAY and MOVEMENT is unrestricted – fabrics are soft and stretchy for maximum comfort.
4. MOMS love them because they wash, dry, and wear so easily!
5. YOU can resell your loved Peekaboo Beans on our Vintage Beans Facebook group – NOTHING lasts longer than a day on the page, and the average piece is sold in approximately 5 minutes!
Where else can you get such durability, longevity, and return on your children’s clothing? Try it, I know you’ll love it! Contact me to order today: email@example.com or find out how you too can be a Stylist!
This family day weekend, three Peekaboo Beans Play Stylists headed out to Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza, a three day long event geared to children AND parents playing together! Funatorium could not have been a better fit for us to represent Peekaboo Beans. At Peekaboo Beans, we believe that play is integral to childhood development, and that all kids need play for optimal growth and development!
I loved watching families playing together at Funatorium this weekend. Whether they were having stacking cup races, building lego towers, plasma car races or bouncing around in the Body zorbs, everyone had a great time! When we play WITH our children, we are setting an example for them and encouraging them to engage in their own creative play. What better role models than parents to show our kids just how much fun it is to play!
It was a great weekend, and it was such a pleasure talking to families about the importance of play and how Peekaboo Beans can fit into their lives! How did you play this family day weekend?
Here are some great photos of the event from my friend Sara Mcconnell Photography.
We are busy, especially as moms, juggling schedules, homework and extra curricular activities. At the end of the day there isn’t much time left for play. This year is the first time I have experienced the hecticness of balancing household responsibilties with working full time. I can speak from personal experience that at the end of the day I’m wiped! Some days it is so much easier to turn on the TV for a while after dinner, or let the kids play on my iphone.
But tonight after Joel got off the bus, I kept the TV off and just let him play. He came up with an intricate game with his beyblade on the kitchen floor, making up his own rules and talking to himself as he played. It was beautiful to watch! I listened from the other room as he created an imaginary world.
As he grows up, and homework and sports starts to take up more and more time in the evenings, I fear that these imaginative moments will become fewer and fewer. But according to Stuart Brown, author of Why Playtime Matters to Kids’ Health and Brains, we can create opportunities for our children to play, in just about anything! Whether it is homework, or chores or a long car ride, opportunities to make life more playful are all around us.
“It’s not irresponsible to infuse play into the lives of our families,” says Brown. “It’s just the opposite; it’s the training ground for responsible adulthood.”
Play: The training ground for responsible adulthood.
I loved reading this quote. It couldn’t be more true. It is through play that our children learn to connect with other people and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially. It is through play that they develop conflict resolution skills, and learn how to win and lose gracefully.
When was the last time you joined your kids in play? I don’t just mean throwing a ball in the backyard, but actually getting down on their level and joining them in their imaginary worlds? There is value in playing alongside with your children. According to Brown, when adults get in the game and actually play themselves, it introduces an important element of silliness and shared humanity, making the play more accessible, and helping children feel safer and more connected.
So go ahead and take a break from the hecticness and play with your kids!