Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Value Of Playing With Your Child

4:14 PM by Lilian ·
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by Teresa, The CuteKid™ Staff

Playtime is valuable time. Children learn through play. During play children often imitate valuable adult behaviors, stretch their imagination and reinforce creativity, and feel like they have accomplished something. When you play with your child you add to these benefits by making your child feel important and valued.

As you play with your child let your child decide what to play. They usually choose an activity that they are interested in. When a child decides what to play it will keep their attention longer.

It also increases the child's feelings of self-worth. Because they feel that their parent likes and is interested in the things that they do. You might get bored with the same activity but your child learns through repetition. If you are tired of it add a new dimension to the activity. Turn the tea party into cooking an entire meal. Instead of just pushing around cars build a garage and pretend to fix them. As your child gets older their interests will change as well. They might want to go outside and kick around a ball or play a game. They might want to help you cook in the kitchen or scrapbook together. Whatever your child's interests just make sure that your child chooses the activity not you.

While you are playing focus on your child, don't let your mind wander to work, the laundry, or the dishes in the sink. Your child will realize that they don't have your complete attention and feel that they are not important enough to keep your attention. Use your imagination and get involved. Play the part that you are given.

Playtime is a time for parents to relax and unwind. It distresses their life and helps them focus on what is truly important, their child. Play helps parents better understand their children's desires, abilities, and developmental stage. During play a parent's nature is often revealed and they see how their child views them. While playing with my daughter one day I watched her tell her doll, "No," and put her in the corner. Then a minute later say, "I still love you."

When your child is a little older you will find that a great time to talk is when you are involved in an activity. I love the commercial featuring a father talking to his son about drugs while playing basketball. Because you are involved in an activity that the child enjoys the conversation is low-key. Your child is more likely to listen to you and you are more likely to really listen to your child.

Schedule some time to play with your child everyday. If you don't plan playtime into your day it is easy to let the day slip away without ever really playing with your child. Consider playtime an investment in your child's future. It is during playtime that you build a bond with your child. Express to them their importance to you. And as your child grows they will continue to want to spend time with you.


bluedreamer27 said...
May 16, 2009 at 1:00 AM

thats one of the important things to do as a parent bonding with your child will make your relationship more stronger and better
just dropping by here again have a great day and happy blogging

Stephen said...
May 16, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Nice post and nice blog too. :D

Adventurous Wench travel store said...
May 25, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Very good post Teresa. Looks like your blog got a new facelift since I visited. I like it!

Allow me to add a tip too -- take time to travel and experience other places with your kids. It helps broaden their outlook of the world.

Lori said...
June 3, 2009 at 11:18 AM

This is so true! My daughters always loved picking out the toys or games (it seemed like we were forever doing the same things!). They loved it when Mommy or Daddy played with them!
Great article, especially for any new parent.

Kat said...
June 20, 2009 at 3:53 PM

I'm not a mother, but I spend some time playing with my nephews. It's a good way to have a good bond with them, and also to relieve stress.

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