Playing around with your kid.

Although kids need time to play alone and without adult intervention with other kids, research shows that it is also necessary to play with parents.

Kids want time with their parents. This makes them feel especially different. Parents are encouraged to find time to regularly spend playing with their kids. It will include one to one with each child and group time with all of the household adults and babies. When you are a single parent or have a single child, invite family or friends to play occasionally.

Let the child establish the theme, in pretending to play. Let yourself into their universe. Let them get away with it. Please ask questions. Play with. Take them along dumb and have fun. Don’t over-stimulate. Know when it’s time to stop.

Also, parents may use stuffed animals or puppets to execute real-life scenarios that can teach problem solving or social skills where appropriate. Let the puppet show the wrong manner of dealing with a situation. Then carry out a different way, along with the child’s feedback. Then let the child do likewise.

More Possibilities:

  • Play outdoors. Throw balls. Push kids on swings. Make mud pies. Go on a hike around the neighborhood. Take a nature walk in your backyard.
  • Play games – card games – board games – silly and wacky kids games. Help them learn to take turns, how to win and how to loose. Praise them. Encourage them. Laugh with them.
  • Get involved in a craft project together. Build a jigsaw puzzle as a family. Bake cookies. Paint a picture.
  • Listen to music together. Sing along. Play rhythm instruments along with music. Get out the guitar or keyboard and make music.
  • Read a book together. Ask questions. Ask them to change the story or make up a new one.
  • Watch a movie together. Find out what they liked – how they felt. Discover the child’s interests. Comment on and discuss any bothersome content either words or actions.
  • Play kid games like: Follow the Leader – Guess What I Am? – Hide and Seek

Help children demonstrate the need or ask for it. Using this as a training opportunity to:

  • patience
  • problem solving
  • social skills
  • creativity

Playing with children creates a connection that endures forever. It makes clear to the child that he or she is loved and respected. When the need emerges, it opens the door for sharing issues and concerns. It lets the parent get to know each child and under their individuality. It’s also a perfect stress reducer for parents who are overworked.

Family Activity is perfect for the whole family. They help to create deep family ties that can last for a lifetime. A family that works together, it can be said, stays together. They are much more friendly, supportive, and have open contact. Such qualities pay off in significant dividends by raising self-esteem , social skills and a sense of connection that makes children and teens use good judgement when faced with challenge and temptation.

Family Game Night:

Here’s a great tradition, simple to begin with. Choose a night and make it a game night for the kids. Little by little add games that can be enjoyable for the entire family. Take turns to choose play for the game. Make sure that the games match for the youngest player. A perfect way to bond through friendly friendships. Know how to play fair and take turns. Learn how to be a good looser and a good winner as well.

Encourage Outdoor Activities

Parents can be good role models when they go out and play along with their children. Yeah, that’s perfect for adults too. Encourage healthy childhood. Help them improve muscle control and develop strong athletic skills.

Published by Centre for Young Africans

The Centre for Young Africans (CFYA) is built to help create and grow the average African children and youth to achieve their aspirations for change and sustainable growth.

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