While you should let your child play with other children, here are five reasons why you should also play with your child.
By Arun Sharma
The importance of play in a child’s multifaceted development cannot be overlooked. With changes in lifestyle and increased attention to academics, the opportunities for children to play has decreased. Also, with screen gadgets slowly gaining popularity over conventional playthings, the way children play is also undergoing a change.
However, through all these changes, what has remained unchanged is the impetus a child’s development receives when she plays with her parents. Robert D Strom, PhD, Director of Office of Parent Development International, Arizona State University, published his paper on parent–child play in Child Research Net in 2001. According to him, “There are unique benefits that come from parent-child play. Children gain a broader perspective than when they play with friends or alone. Whatever play theme children choose, parents can help them enlarge vocabulary by introducing and defining new words in context.”
Let’s look at some ways your child can benefit by playing with you.
To play well with your child and help him benefit from the experience, you should pay heed to certain things like mutual interaction, teamwork, and intervening only when necessary. Your objective should be to create an engaging environment that also gives your child the space to explore and learn.
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