Episode 45: Emily Boucher – Fostering Independence

Emily Boucher has taught both preschool and kindergarten in NYC, including at The Brearley School and The Buckley School. She later served as the Director of Beginnings Nursery School and as the Associate Director at the Brick Church School. Emily and her friend and fellow teacher, Amy, started a company called Work and Play where they provide individualized early childhood consulting. 

Emily lives in Connecticut with her husband and her 5 kids where she teaches preschool. Her oldest is a sophomore in college and her youngest is 1st grade. In this episode, we talk about helping our kids learn to play independently, communication as parents with teachers, and we encourage you to let there be messes sometimes. 

What we talked about:

4:15- Emily’s kids and family

4:45- Having kids leave the house

7:40- Being a parent of both younger and older kids at the same time

15:25- Fostering independent play

20:25- Allowing there to be messes in the house

26:05- Setting boundaries with independent play

47:05- Communication with teachers

53:30- What they offer at Work and Play

1:00:30- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Elephant and Piggie Books by Mo Willems

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins

Eat Pete by Michael Rex

Penguin and Pinecone

Work and Play Website

Work and Play on Instagram

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