Part 1: Do You Play with your Children?

Do you create time to play with your child/children? I know that the temptation might be to ignore this question. After all, most parents are busy trying to work, trade, or do business just to see that their children are well-fed, have a roof over their heads, get a good education and wear decent clothes.


Struggling to provide these essentials can be time-consuming and by the end of the day most parents are too tired to find the time and energy to play with their children. Some children might have even gone to bed before the parents return from work. The way most parents were also raised is such that their own parents did not really have time to play with them. However, let us stop and ask ourselves this question: do we want to just reproduce our childhood experiences with our children or do we want to raise them better than we were raised? Your parents did the best that they could give their own level of exposure, why limit your children to the same level when you can do better? As the world progresses, so also does knowledge.

Recent research shows that playing with your children is an important aspect of preparing them for a successful future as adults. Making time to play with them is as important as going out to work, trade, or do business. Play helps children learn, by helping them to develop important physical capacities and social-emotional skills that will help them do well in school. As a matter of fact,
play is a very important part of their education which no one can provide better than you, the parents. It has to start at a very early age, as soon as they are born. Playing with your precious one helps in brain development in ways that prepare them for important skills that will be needed later like problem-solving, navigating relationships, and creativity skills. Children who are engaged in interactive play from an early age are more psychologically ready to explore and try new things, they also adjust better in school and are more motivated to learn. So how much time should you spend playing with your child/children?

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