Child-Led Quality Time

The benefits of letting kids take the lead with fun, family activities.

Family Quality Time

When it comes to spending one-on-one quality time with our children, or planning fun family activities, parents often take the lead. And for good reason – we’re usually the ones footing the bill and doing the driving to and from an outing. But there’s a lot to be said for sometimes letting kids take the lead and choosing an activity says Richard Selznick, author of The Shut Down Learner. “I think that ideally that as an adult you would probably want to follow the child’s lead because as adults we have more flexibility available to us to say ‘okay I might not like to go play Pitch and Put, but the kids really likes it, so let me go do that. Or, I’m not thrilled about car engines, but I’ll follow his lead’. It also might put the child in the position of feeling ‘hey, I’m the expert here. I’m pretty good at this. Let me show you how to do this, Dad’, which would be a different experience for the child. I think that, in and of itself, is energizing.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Richard Selznick, Director of the Cooper Learning Center and author of The Shut Down Learner.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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