July's Piñata Mama of the Month is Jenny, a nature-loving mama whose parenting style is based in simplicity. When she's not shooting breathtaking photos, you can find Jenny in her garden, or spending time in the great outdoors. Below, Jenny shows us how she teaches her kids about sharing, cleaning up, and exploration through play with Green Piñata.
Name: Jenny Moloney
City: Medfield, MA
Occupation: Photographer at Jenny Moloney Photography
# Kids: 2 (Max is 2.5 & Harper is 4.5)
If I had a kid-free afternoon and nowhere to be, I would..
Go paddleboarding, swimming, hiking or I would be in my garden – basically playing in nature in one way or another.
What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a parent of little ones?
Having a village is key! I don't think I could be the parent I am without my husband, Blake, and all the friends, family, helpers, sitters, and neighbors who chip in to support us. I think we all need to be there for each other. That's actually one reason I love Green Pinata: I love that it is about sharing with each other – the give and take of it all. We are all in this together, and the more we are together, the more we all benefit.
What is your favorite part about Green Piñata?
I love all the toys we have gotten to play with! Also, I really love that the toys are catered to your child(ren) and their development. Getting a package is always fun, too. Most of all, as a parent who believes in simplicity, I love that it is less waste and clutter and that it goes on to another family after us! That's truly the most satisfying part. Let's be honest, how many of the toys in the toy bins of the playroom does your child still find exciting?!? Am I right?! Yet another reason why GP Rocks!
What do you and your child do once your Green Piñata box arrives?
We drop everything, open it, and PLAY!
I love that the toys are open ended and there is more than one way to play with them. I usually introduce the kids to the toys first and then I leave time for them to explore and use them on their own.
As a veteran Green Piñata Mom, how do you make the most out of your GP experience?
I have been teaching the kids that the Green Pinata toys are toys we share and that we have to be extra careful to keep care of them. We wash our hands and clear a special place on the table. I find it helpful to use trays or placemats to keep the toys within each of my children's workstations. This is especially helpful with rolling items, or games with a lot of pieces. Then, we always practice putting them back in the bags after each use. I think the whole process is a great lesson for them!
Harper's dress is made by Tea Collection
Max's shirt and shorts are made by Tea Collection