Laughter and play keep the Bogey man away.
In my house both music and humor are a PRIORITY. Our family has certain rules that we abide by and they’ve worked well for us on most days.
1. If there is music playing, SING.
My family knows that there is no way to get out of this one. Unless you are too sick to join in, it’s expected of everyone in the room. Music heals and nourishes. Singing or playing an instrument is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and has surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination, brain development and pain management.
2. Have a sense of humor about yourself.
We make fun of each other out of love, and when this happens, we CHOOSE to enjoy the moment, rather than take offense. I tend to mix my metaphors… ((often))… and my family knows that when mommy messes up, it’s a great opportunity to howl with laughter. Studies show that when laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
3. Play every day AND all day.
New research suggests that MORE play equals more productive learning at all ages and stages of our lives. Play is not just essential for kids— it can be an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well! Playing with your romantic partner, co-workers, pets, friends, and children is a sure (and fun) way to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and improve your mental health.
PLUS actively playing with your kids will not only improve your own mood and well-being, it will make your kids smarter, better adjusted, and less stressed.
On Today’s show…
We will introduce you to some very special guests who encompass MUSIC AND PLAY and why both are necessary for healthy thriving parents, business owners and kids.
Joining the discussion is Patty Pearcy, president of SIMPLY FUN, a company that is sweeping the nation with “Playology” — a revolutionary philosophy that provides education to kids and families using the power of play. In addition, you’ll learn about the career opportunities that are available for stay-at-home parents.
Also joining today is Mark Salling, known for his heart-of-gold bad-boy role on “Glee,” Noah Puckerman. As Glee makes its final bow in 2015, Mark is preparing to leave his fan-favorite character and William McKinley High behind, but he will trade it for a dream project that has been three years in the making: Camp Coyote. Mark will be accompanied by his music partner Mike Miller for some guaranteed music and laughter!
About Our Guests
Patty is the President and CEO of SimplyFun, a company devoted to building smarter kids and stronger families through the amazing power of PLAY!
SimplyFun is a direct sales company that distributes its award winning game products through its independent sales force of ‘Playologists’ at in home and virtual parties. Patty began her career in the corporate world and was a newcomer to the direct sales channel when she joined SimplyFun 9 years ago. She has since become a strong advocate for the benefits of the stay at home business opportunity for moms (and dads!)
She is also passionate about adapting classic direct sales methods to today’s technology based world as evidenced by SimplyFun’s investment in a virtual party platform, bringing the
fun of a physical in home party to the virtual environment. This achievement was recently acknowledged by the Direct Selling Association who awarded SimplyFun the 2014 Ethos Award for Technology Innovation. But most of all she is grateful for the opportunity to help kids get a step up in learning and to provide opportunities for families to laugh and play together.
Mark is an American actor, singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. He is known for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the comedy television series, Glee. After graduating from high school, he attended the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, California and began studying guitar, giving guitar lessons to make a living. In 2008, he was cast as a regular character, Noah Puckerman, on Fox Broadcasting Company series, Glee, in which he soloed and dueted on cover versions of various songs including, “Sweet Caroline”, “Only the Good Die Young”, “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Run Joey Run”, “Beth”, and “Good Vibrations.”
Salling sings, writes, and produces his own music, and plays the piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drums. His solo project was debut album Smoke Signals, released on February 8, 2008, under Jericho Records. Salling also released a rock/jazz album entitled Pipe Dreams, which was inspired by Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.
Camp Coyote: Sounds from the Sawmill
Camp Coyote is the musical brainchild of two fierce rivals of the california male pageant circuit who put their differences aside to form the duo The Sawmill which is now Camp Coyote. It represents the place the listener can go that is reminiscent of sitting around the campfire and coming together through song.
From the rugged terrain of the Tujunga mountains to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood two former male pageant rivals put their pageantry aside for the greater musical good.