Children don't dissolve in the rain

Children don't dissolve in the rain : A story about parenthood and playwork

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Part memoir, part manifesto, Children don't dissolve in the rain is about prioritising play. The importance of being playful, living playfully and being brave: trying things out, working things through and exploring feelings, nonjudgmentally engaging with humans with openness and creativity.

Adele draws from her own experiences with play - as a child, an aunt, a mother and a playworker - with lessons learned from Cuba, Cape Verde, Sweden, Canada, Ghana, Great Ormond Street Hospital and her home town, Birmingham. Her journey highlights play as arguably the most neglected, yet crucial, part of childhood and parenthood.

As a new parent, having a partner and then a partner and a child, and experiencing baby loss, she admits she sometimes forgets her own advice. She often re-realises the importance of play for her child's early brain development and for her own mental health.

At times heartbreaking, always hopeful, this book will leave you invigorated, informed and inspired to pursue a life full of play.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 21.59mm | 303.91g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1898068089
  • 9781898068082
  • 408,509

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"Beautifully written, this book is in itself playful and a wonderful tale of play, adventure and self-discovery." Laura Walsh, Head of Play, Great Ormond Street Hospital

'It is an eloquent and deeply personal account of exploring what playwork - and other forms of non-judgmental support for things that matter - has to offer being a parent.' Dr Wendy Russell, independent researcher in children's play and playwork, Visiting Fellow at University of Gloucestershire

'You are an absolute boss at this play stuff. Where was someone like you in my early years of motherhood? Such a gap in the market for your work it's crazy!' N, Instagram follower
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