Monday, February 28, 2011

Thinking on your feet




"The basic rules of improv theater ... are key and fundamental to therapeutic parenting." -

Billy Kaplan
, LCSW


I keep munching on this.



The basics of improv theater are:

Learning a new way of thinking

Respect for others in negotiations or transactional relationships

Being “in the moment“

Make positive choices that keep doors open

Proactive listening as opposed to passive or even responsive listening

Trusting one another to do the right thing

Benefiting from watching the other guy’s back.



You don't have to have a natural gift for thinking on your feet. You just have to be willing to try, and practice it regularly so you can be BETTER at it. Even if that means you are better than really, really sucking at it. That is success!


(photo by rubenshito, used with permission)

13 comments:

QuackenBaby said...

Very interesting... I actually do improv... sooooo who knew that it was preparing me for this. My friends and I did a sketch comedy show on cable access until I was like 20... and now we do a "mocumentary" show that is web based (because it's too vulgar to be on tv). My kids need to be about 20 before I let them watch! LOL

Kellie said...

brilliant, christine. I actually teach improv every year to my youth group kids. It's a great skill to have! I had not connected the therapeutic parenting dots to improv though! I'm typing that up and posting it on the fridge. That's right, baby.... you have made it to the refrigerator!

Christine said...

OMG - I made it to your fridge!

Diana said...

sigh...and sometimes, like today, thinking on your feet means remembering there is a respite care nursery in town, staying calm but firm when the hubs has the only functioning car and you call him and say "the kid has to go to respite NOW. You MUST come get him" and then you sit down and crash to regain your strength for when he comes home.

Sarah said...

y'know, I always hated anything resembling improv theater. I hate being put on the spot. *adding to list of things I need to work on*...

CherubMamma said...

@Diana - you must live close enough to a Family Support Center in Utah. Aren't they the BEST?!!! I still support the one in Brigham City that benefited our family when we lived there.

Hannah_Rae said...

I also have done improv. Actually, my minor is in performance theatre, and I've told more than a few people that my acting skills have helped in my therapeutic parenting adventure. Now I have someone else saying it! AWESOME!

That's three of us so far. I wonder if there is a connection.

Blessings!

Hannah

waldenbunch said...

Make it four. My major was vocal performance but I did theater along side of that for many years. I have often thought that prepared me for parenting on the fly. Because the same ol' same ol' sure doesn't work. I also think of Christine out crazying the crazy.

Leanne said...

This is awesome!!! My husband and I are getting ready to start a community ministry of sorts using the arts as our venue - we had toyed with parenting classes [he is also certified in the "Teaching Family Model" method, which was used where he used to work - with abused and neglected kids], but were having trouble connecting that to the arts...this is a great idea!!!

Erika said...

This is why we need to take care of ourselves. Sleep, exercise, good food, a drink here and there, a beautician appointment here and there...

Lindsay Mama to Nine said...

and here I thought me majoring in theature in college was a total waste! ...L.O.V.E. it!!!!
soooo true that it just takes a ton of practice, and plenty of mess ups. My kids really love playing the "i got a thing" game "and then it turned into "....

Even playing Improv with your kids helps on those critical and creative thinking skills that get lost in the MAD.

We had a Grand Maul CRAPPY DAY yesterday.

I LOVE that you posted this...last night we had NASTY SUNDAES (pretend) and the kids had to name the grosest kind of Ice Cream and toppings...(we didn't allow potty words) ...my husband thought I was CRAZY...but it re-engaged all of the kids...and we actually were able to sita nd enjoy a normal dinner.

Your awesome. Great post.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh my lands, I've DONE improv theater. Who knew it would prepare me for this?!?!!

Come to think of it, once - during an improv performance - someone threw a baby at me from off-stage. Hmm....

David said...

Don't forget:

"Yes, and..."

It is a very powerful tool of improv theater and a useful tool for life.

David Alger
Pan Theater