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About the Author, Karen Thurm Safran

Karen Thurm Safran portrait photoHi there! I’m Karen, a mom with two grown kids. As you know, parenting is rewarding, but it’s also stressful. Like those times when your child doesn’t cooperate, argues, and even throws a tantrum. When your eyes well up, and you rapidly blink away the tears before they stream down your face.

Well, now multiply that by two… for two kids. That was me years ago when my kids were young.

And if you have more children, the power struggles and frustrations multiply exponentially. Oh my.

Sound familiar?

I distinctly remember those overwhelming, disheartening, downright exasperating days. And being divorced made it especially difficult since I could no longer depend on another adult in the house to help out. Nope, I was on my own.

To make matters worse, I was a stressed-out single parent.

So, What Did I Do?

As the proverb states, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” I had to do something.

Luckily, my parents set a positive example. They embraced a “can do!” spirit, used their imagination, and created games to turn around challenging parenting moments.

It was like magic!

Goodbye nagging, yelling, and getting into those annoying power struggles.

Life became more enjoyable for everyone. Sure, being playful when you’re annoyed seems counterintuitive since it’s the last thing you want to do. But as I discovered firsthand, the results were amazing.

Here’s An Example

Girl and boy with swimming trunks on hat on stairsI had to put away piles of clean laundry, but my kids wanted me to play with them. So, what did I do? I made a game of it! I reached into the laundry basket and pulled out two of my son’s shorts. Then plop, they went on my kids’ heads. The results? Putting away the laundry was never so much fun.

I found parenting more rewarding when I playfully dealt with everyday frustrations.

It reduced the number of power struggles and provided more quality time connecting as a family.

This Playful Approach Can Help You

I wrote ParentingLet’s Make a Game of It to spark your playfulness and make parenting more rewarding. Written in memory of my parents, it’s loosely based on how I raised my kids.

Not only does this playful approach makes parenting easier, but it also empowers your children and connects families.

So, next time you’re feeling frustrated and overwhelmed…Karen Thurm Safran thinking

And you don’t know what to do…Karen Thurm Safran scratching her chin thinking

Spark your playful spirit and create games to ease challenging moments.Karen Thurm Safran pointing

This delightful, whimsical book is a fun, easy-to-read treasure. It is playfully and powerfully presented for most anyone who has children in their lives. I am excited to pass this on to parents and educators who will benefit from its wisdom.Missy Brown, parent and founder of Deep Play for Kids

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Yes, I Want It!

Still not sure? Read a sample chapter. In a few minutes, you’ll gain new insights… and have a few laughs. 

Take a peek at the Table of Contents.

Fun Facts About Me

  • I grew up in Boston but moved to California after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. Since it’s now been more than half of my life, I consider myself a Californian :).
  • I’m super close to my kids. When they were in college, I started a tradition of visiting them each quarter. Woo-hoo! We continue this tradition today. Okay, my son only lives an hour drive away, and I can hop on a quick airplane flight to see my daughter, but I cherish that they want to spend time with little ole me.
  • I love making learning fun for kids. I’ve spent most of my career working in K-12 education technology, exciting kids about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). LOL, I was not a tech lover when I first moved to Silicon Valley but look at me now.
  • I’ve worked for lots of innovative companies, including Apple, iD Tech summer programs, and now I do marketing consulting for cutting-edge STEM companies. Guess which is my all-time favorite job? Yup, being a mom. As a parent, I get to apply my problem-solving, organizational, and leadership skills to empower those I love most—my kids.

Take a peek at the Table of Contents.

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