THE STORY OF
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
At Learning Through Play, we understand how necessary community is because truly, “it takes a village”.
Learning Through Play Founder and Executive Director Nikki Mingledorff discovered her true passion as a professional and as a person while taking a hiatus from her burgeoning career as a marriage and family therapist to stay at home with her three young children. As it often goes, Nikki and her husband Jason’s lives experienced a dramatic change once kids were added into the equation. Like so many others, parenthood was the ultimate blessing for them, but the stress and challenges it brought put a strain on their relationship. As they learned how to become a united parenting team, both Nikki and Jason came to personally understand the benefits of a growth mindset approach, prioritizing and focusing on three key elements of their parenting identity:
Parents as parents
Parents as partners
Parents as people
Through their family, friends, work, neighborhood, and the boys’ Montessori method school environment, Nikki and Jason were fortunate to raise their children in a strong, supportive community of other like-minded professionals. She realized that many parents do not have access to such a network, and saw the need to fill this gap in services and support in the community. From her experience as a parent, spouse, and former mental health professional, Nikki saw how much her professional and personal experience favorably melded together and the role of emotional intelligence skills and growth-mindset in living a gratifying life. Throw in a strong, nurturing and fun learning environment and this is a recipe for success!
Nikki began to envision an intentional network available to parents in the Greater New Orleans area; one that combines elements that had so inspired her in her personal and professional life – thus the concept of Learning Through Play was born!