What does it take to be a purposeful, playful parent?
Make active play need a regular part of your child’s day. Choose to do things you love and that have worked for you.
If you take one-on-one time to play, your child’s ability to relate to others will increase at a steady rate. Your regular play times create a relationship rhythm that deepens trust with you and others.
On the other hand, training children to remain in a passive role, such as by watching television for extended periods of time, hinders their ability to make choices and even to move well.
Think Before You Play
Children learn from their parents all the time. Even parent don’t feel like they are teaching. Kids pick up on even the most subtle parent behaviors. They also act them out. Be aware of your role as a teacher. Choose to do what is fun for both of you, or else your child will pick up on your disinterest.
We often parent as we were parented. Therefore, be aware of not falling into the same mistakes. Instead, become more purposeful. Think ahead about the ways of your parents were positive. Choose to do more things like that. Seek help not to repeat mistakes your parents made. There is always room for improvement. Be very conscious.
Babies need play times full of looking at each other and smiling.
With elementary age children and older, plan a 20 minute time to be together, and then let them pick the activity. Often this designated time will become a highlight of the day for both the child and the parent. Make your play times with your child time intentional and your activities flexible.