A few how-to directions when it comes to playing with our kids
Whether it’s a game of make-believe or doing a craft project together, children love when their parents are their play-mate. However, because we are older and wiser, we often find ourselves falling into the trap of guiding the play, something we might want to avoid suggests Nicolas Long, co-author of Parenting the Strong-Willed Child. “Sometimes when we play with our young children we want to over-direct their play and tell them how to put things together or what to build, and in order for children to become more creative and really enjoy playing more, we really need to back off and just follow what they’re doing. Comment on what they’re building; ‘oh you’re putting the red block n the green block, and now you’re stacking the red blocks over there’, rather than saying to them ‘why don’t you build a tower over there or build this over here’. Let the child take the lead and you can pay attention to what they’re doing without directing the activity.”
Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. 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.