The Barefoot Playground

Playing is vital for children’s growth and development–not many would argue with that. Did you know that it is also vital for parents, too? 

The Barefoot Playground is a space for parents and educators to come together outside of the noise of social media. It is for anyone who cares about the well-being of children and for those who want to elevate connection and build conscious relationships.

The Barefoot Playground is where theory and research around play, education, child development, mental and physical well-being (and more!) are put to practical use.

Important topics will be highlighted and discussed each gathering. (See upcoming schedule below.) Come for one, come for all. You pick what works for you. 

This is your playground. 

Upcoming Schedule

BFP December

The Barefoot Playground is offered twice a month on Monday evenings at 6pm EST. You can sign up for one or both. Each and every gathering we will be focusing on a different topic. Come as often as you’d like!

Not at all. The gatherings are set up to meet you where you are. You get to customize a schedule that works for you. No long-term commitments or expensive costs to join. You can come one time and be done or you can come twice a month consistently. The choice is yours. 

If any gatherings are recorded, they will only be shared with those who participated. I want The Barefoot Playground to be a private forum for those who are able to attend live. While I may share ideas and solutions to issues participants present, the purpose is to be a space outside of social media where people are encouraged to share with and get feedback from others in real time. 

Yes. You have until 12pm (EST) the day of our gathering to sign up. However, there are a limited number of spots so if you want to be sure you have a space, register sooner!

The group gatherings are a wonderful way to learn and bounce ideas around, but sometimes you may have questions that require more time to work through or that you’d rather discuss privately. You can schedule a time to talk to me here. If you are not finding a day/time that works with your schedule, email me. 

When you pick a date and purchase a spot, you will be sent a link to our ZOOM room the DAY OF our gathering to the email you registered with. Please check your junk folders and reach out to me at if you do not receive the link details. 

My hope is that The Barefoot Playground can serve as the virtual equivalent of meeting at a park or at a coffee house for an hour of conversation with friends. However, I get not wanting to be on camera for the entire gathering. I want you to do what is right for you!

"Missy embodies an innate and rare gift of connecting authentically with quite literally any person. Those blessed to share time with her feel at immediate ease and also safe to share anything from a silly joke to the deepest secrets and concerns. Her genuine compassion for the well-being of others is balanced in equal proportion to her vast knowledge in the fields of psychology, health, and education. Her dedication to making this world a better place for children is a universal inheritance that will benefit generations yet to come."
"I’ve counted Missy as a dear friend for over ten years, but it didn’t take me long to realize every essence of Missy’s being calls her to do right by children. She listens intently, honors emotions, and serves a guide to help children navigate their own path. Her ability to teach is complimented by her fundamental understanding that every child is uniquely equipped to be successful; and her level of patience is something I am consistently striving to emulate."
I’ve witnessed (Missy) interact with many children of a wide range of temperaments; she treats each child with compassion and respect. Whether they are affable or disagreeable, calm or hyper, doing well or struggling, it makes no difference in how Missy responds. Her true strength is that she maintains positive boundaries while allowing each child to feel accepted, safe, and appreciated. Missy is passionate about modeling nurturing and patient relationships, knowing this is how children grow into their best selves. She cultivates a receptive place within each child, permitting her to convey learning in such a way as to allow the child to feel empowered.