Parenting - Toddler care | 2-5 yrs

Importance Of Self Play

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You might want to monitor you child always and involve yourself in his play sessions. It is perfectly normal parental behaviour, but it has repercussions you need to be aware of.

An article in Mail Online says, “Parents who try to boost their children’s development by regularly taking the lead with structured activities are in danger of actually stifling it. Letting youngsters play alone helps them develop crucial skills which are linked to higher academic achievement and well-being.” The article also advise you to give your child time to play alone and explore the world on their own in order to enable him to learn.

However, it might be difficult to make your dependent and clingy child realise the importance of self-structured play. 

Offering advise on how to encourage him to play alone, an article in Parents says, “To extend your 1-year-old's capacity to play alone, keep four words in mind: interest, routine, structure, and direction. First, involve your child in an activity he really enjoys. Once your child is fully engaged, slowly move a few feet away or pick up a magazine. When he thrusts a toy at you, simply give it back with a comment and a smile, and continue reading. Over the following few days or weeks, increase your physical and mental distance, but never leave your child unattended.”

For more simple strategies for encouraging self-play, read this ClipBook, which contains curated links of the best information on the topic from the web.

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