Some parents find playing with children a waste of time. However, this issue should not be taken lightly. As a parent, you should know that the concept of play is very important in your child's physical, mental and social development. It awakens the creativity in your children, helps them come up with new ideas and allows them to interact with the environment and their peers. Parents should be involved in this crucial stage of their child's development by finding the time to play with them.
If you're still not convinced, the significance of play and playing with your child will be discussed below.
Play Helps Your Child
- Understand and care about his peers and the external environment
- Develop his confidence and self-esteem
- Develop good physical coordination
- Develop focus, creativity and independence
- Prepare themselves for adulthood
- Discover their talents and passion
- Communicate their feelings
- Make decisions on their own
Play Helps Parents
- Understand their child's interests, feelings and thoughts
- Impart values that influences their children's attitude at home, school and his peers
- Communicate to their child
- Learn how their child reacts to success, failures and obstacles
- Determine the learning style that works best with their child
- Develop a special bond with their children
Creating a Conducive Environment
It is also the parent's responsibility to create an environment that is safe for children when playing. Children absorb the things they see, feel, hear and touch in their surroundings as much as they can. By providing them with a safe and caring community, they develop their potential to the fullest while playing.
Solitary Play vs Group Play
Although playing alone is important, parents should allow their child to play with other children as well. This is the time where parents can also play with their child. Group play helps children develop their social skills which would be very useful when they grow up.
Playing with Your Child should Be Fun
Playing with your child should be fun for both of you. You don't have to buy hi-tech toys or solve complicated puzzle pieces. You can play with your child by simply rocking your child from left to right, role playing as the hero and the monster or by stacking wooden blocks together.
Playing with your child is something you can anticipate. Do not show signs of negativity or unwillingness to play with your child. Children are very perceptive and they will easily detect any negativity from you. The more you find the time to play with your children, the easier it will be for you to understand them. Playing with your child will also make parenting an enriching experience for you.