Moms and dads worry about a lot of things. There are the big issues, like making sure your children are healthy and safe, paying all the bills, and ensuring that the kids are getting a good education. Then there are the everyday challenges of organizing a household, like getting everyone where they need to be on time, doing the laundry, and cooking dinner while helping with homework.
All these responsibilities and chores often translate into chronically stressed parents who may understand how important good, healthy play is for their growing children, but who have very little time to play with their own kids. Is it possible for parents to put their “to do” list on the back burner and take some time for play?
It may help parents to understand that there are many types of play—including solitary play, play with siblings, play with peers, and family-centered play. For healthy development, kids need variety in their playmates. It may not be the healthiest situation for parents to be a child’s only playmates, but getting involved from time to time can be fun, reduce stress for moms and dads, and deepen your bonds with your child.
Here are a few tips for making time to play with your kids:
Provided By Susan J. Oliver, Tropomedia
This information is provided on behalf of the toy experts at your neighborhood toy store.