Why Parents Should Play with their Kids
Benefits of play
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. Above all, play is a simple joy that is a cherished part of childhood.
As parents, we often ask our kids to entertain themselves while we work on other tasks. While learning to play independently is important, children love playing with others, especially their parents. They crave time with their parents and since play comes naturally to them, it is a great opportunity to get to know your child better and teach new skills authentically.
When parents make a point to play with their kids on their level they will experience many benefits for both the parent and child involved.
1. You provide an important active role model
When you play with your child, you demonstrate that play never goes out of style, and you show them that you value physical activity. You also get to model soft-skills such as sportsmanship and effort. You can be sure of one thing: your kids are watching you. And they will imitate you.
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2. You develop their movement skills
We’re talking about the fundamental movement skills that kids need to start developing from an early age so they can become physically literate. Again, it’s not necessarily about becoming a superstar athlete. These are basic life skills that are every bit as important as learning to read and write.
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3. You bond with them
If you make it fun, you will forge deep bonds with your kids by playing with them. Children build relationships through time spent interacting and playing with others. When parents play with their kids it gives them an opportunity to see things from their perspective, use pretend play to explore their environment, build problem-solving skills, and have fun together. When children play with their parents they learn to trust them, how to interact with others, and how healthy competition works. We all build relationships and bonds when we spend time together. What relationship is more important the one of parent and child?
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4. You discover the joy of play again
There can be much laughter and pleasure in movement and play. When was the last time you experienced it? When parents give themselves permission to let go of their to-do list for a few moments and just focus on the fun that comes with playing, they have time to enjoy their kids, laugh with them, and show them their lighter side.
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5. Playing is a great stress relief
Once we have set aside time in our day to allow for play, we often find ourselves smiling and laughing more often with our children. After experiencing this, we can feel some of the day’s tension lift. Playing is a great way to relieve stress, especially when it includes physical activity. Getting out in the backyard and playing catch, taking a walk to the park, or exploring nature are great ways to reduce stress while playing with and bonding with your child. Playtime can be a great stress relief to children as well. It gives them a chance to act out their frustration and worries in a safe environment.