Parent and Child as Partners in Play9:49 PM
The idea of parent and child as partners in play may be unthinkable to many. Play is for children, right? Not so, says child psychologists who believe that parents have a big role to play (pun intended) in the seemingly exclusive part of a child's world called play.
What Child Psychologists Say
Child psychologists believe that parents can help their children develop learning through play. Dr. Sarah Patrick for one, advises parents to allow their children to take the lead for them to be able to discover their environment and how people interact with each other. She adds that the simplest way to really help children is to be completely attuned to what they are doing by watching what they are doing and asking open-ended questions that will encourage them to think.
How Can Parent and Child Be Partners in Play?
What is being suggested can be easier said than done because it requires time, effort, and dedication. Some may say allowing children to play by themselves provides parents to do other things that require their attention without the guilt. After all, children are enjoying themselves while playing. However, deciding to be an active partner in play with one's child is an opportunity that every parent should seize and put to good use.
So how can we do it?
1. By Being Present
Being a partner in child's play requires physical presence and giving time. Every child plays at his or her own phase and directing the child to play according to the parent's point of view defeats the purpose of achieving learning through play. It cannot be rushed if it is to be beneficial to your child.
2. By Playing
Parents have to be with the child - watching, listening, interacting, and playing as well. Just being there for the sake of it may make the child feel that he is still alone playing. Making playtime a "we" time is the way to go.
3. By Enjoying
Parents must allow themselves to enjoy the moment instead of treating it as another chore or obligation to accomplish. Be like a child and see the world in the eyes of your child. Try to remember how it was when you were still young and everything was a wonder to discover.
The Expected Return
For one, they can expect a child who learns faster.
For another, they can also expect to see the love and appreciation in their eyes for a parent who has taken the time.
That look in itself is priceless. That said, I see no need for more words.
The video below should say it all.