Tracey Clayton is guest hosting at Happily Ever Rushed today - she is sharing some great ideas on Playing with your Children. There is truly nothing more magical than time with your children. These are great tips, enjoy! Thank you for hosting Tracey, I look forward to your next visit.
Playing With Your Children Can Benefit Them in The Future
Being a parent is busy work and sometimes, after a long day of work and chores, you may feel like you don’t have it in you to spend an hour or two playing with your kids. That’s understandable, but it’s an effort you should try to make. Games have numerous positive effects on your children’s development, especially at a young age when social skills are just established and relationship with the parents is used as a model for all future relationships.
Showing the love
There’s a natural bond between children and their parents, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work on it or show it. When you play with your kids – you enter their world and treat them as equals. Sharing these kinds of moments is something that stays with them – the earliest memories are often about playtime with the parents. Games can also reveal the interests and personalities of your kids on a more personal level.
Playtime can be used to develop all kinds of skills. For younger kids, it’s a way to practice speaking and to create language skills in general. Just hearing their parent’s voice and absorbing the language can help. For older kids, games can be used to introduce all kinds of new ideas into their lives. Everything from motor to logic skills develops much easier if it’s practiced through a game. Also, games have rules (even if you set them yourself) and it’s a good way to practice social skills.
Playing with peers
It’s also important to encourage your kids to play and spend time with their peers. Signing up at a local early learning centre can be an opportunity for that. It’s different than setting play dates or playing with siblings. This sort of environment teaches kids not only to make friends, but to keep them and to sustain meaningful relationships. There’s also an added benefit of leaving your kids with someone competent enough to take care of them, while you’re at work. It’s very import to incorporate other kids into their lives.
Releasing the energy
Everyone who’s ever had or seen a preschooler knows that they can be full of energy. Playing involves running, yelling and just generally being silly. There are several reasons why it’s important to do this. Tiring your kids out will make naps and bedtime much easier, while the exercise keeps them healthy. But, there are other more meaningful benefits as well. During these games, kids learn to express and acknowledge their emotions. It may seem like a rollercoaster ride if they start to cry and then get ecstatically happy a few minutes later, but it’s a first step to understanding both the world around them and themselves.
A Child’s imagination is practically limitless, especially when you consider how little information about the wider world they actually have. It’s important to foster it and help it grow. Role-play games are the best way to do it. Kids like to imagine themselves in adult roles (such as doctors, teachers, fireman, etc). Your job is basically to play along and let kids explore their imagination on their own as much as possible. This isn’t just fun, it’s also a way to develop empathy and learn other people.
There’s only one advice which applies to all kids and all kind of games – be patient with your children. They can get pretty rowdy and emotional during playtime and it’s important not to be hard on them when they overdo it.
Playing with your kids isn’t just fun and rewarding. It also builds socials skills and makes learning easier and more enjoyable.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”