Playing with your child

In my work I am seeing more and more adults who declare that they have lost the art of play.  Parents come to me unsure of how they should act.  They also tell me they do not understand their role within the play. Or concerned that they do not know what they should be doing or the actions they should take.  And are worried when things do not go as expected.  Are these familiar concerns for you when you are playing with your child?

Playing with your child means supporting the foundation and language of childhood

In the modern world of technology, childhoods can see physical play as less of a feature than they once did. And as this is now a reality for many parents’ experiences of their own childhoods, is play becoming a lost art?  Transient lifestyles, dispersed extended families and work commitments can also see less time with other children as we grow up. And for many parents, the first time they are around children, is when it is their own.

Crucial for forming and maintaining friendships and establishing social skills for life

In this session we are going to look at the nature and the importance of play.  We are also going to look at ways that you can support your child in benefitting from all the riches it offers.

This article is taken from our course: What Every Parent Should Know

Dr Kathryn Peckham is an Early Childhood Consultant, author and researcher and the founder of Nurturing Childhoods.  Providing all the knowledge, understanding and support you need to nurture your growing child.


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