“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
Play is an incredibly important part of a child’s life. It offers multiple benefits to children such as social, emotional, behavioural, and physical. Children learn and explore the world through play.
Play is also an opportunity for parents to be a part of their child’s world. A paper published in the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that positive parenting activity, such as playing, may decrease parental experience of stress and may enhance parent-child relationship.
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A book by Penny Tassoni, Caring For Children, mentions what parents or caregivers need to do while playing with children that goes well beyond supervising children and letting them play:
The book, Caring For Children, says that play is important for the child’s overall development. It also means that parents need to provide opportunities for their little ones to play. Here are the three things parents need to remember while supervising or playing with children:
Parents need to support their child’s play needs for their holistic development. One way of doing that is to set up a playroom for the child based on their unique needs. Easy access to toys and a room to explore toys are two things that parents can provide to support their child to play better. Use parental discretion and find what works best for you and your child.
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