I am so guilty many times in saying, “just go and play and I’ll be with you in a minute” My kids often say “mum can you play this with me?” What’s stopping me? Most of the time, I am trying to finish a conversation with my husband, clean up from what’s just been eaten, prepare for the next day or work while they play.
I have all these excuses but the times when I have actually taken the time to put down that cleaning product or say to the hubby- “let’s have the conversation when they’re in bed”, I have truly enjoyed myself and discovered many benefits to joining in playing with our kids.
I would love to share them with you and to continually remind myself of how fun it can be to be a kid again…
My brain and their brain gets to be creative. Pretend play uses imagination and real-life experiences to create and discover wonderlands and to think differently about an action or make believe situation.
Talking on different voices, characters, role-playing and discussing rules around the game have so many positives. Language development and understanding. The highlight has to be when you are in the ‘pretend play’ and they mimic YOU…eeeeeekkkkk -Do I really sound like that?
Sharing and using manners. By us role modelling fair play and discussing the rues together, the kids learn self-control and are able to cooperate with their siblings and peers and learn how to take turns.
Using this time to role model a situation they may be finding difficult at kindy or school works wonders for ideas and solutions. This problem solving gives them real-life confidence and skills to use in a real life situation.
I am definitely the favourite in the house and I get way more hugs after I take the time to play with my kids. It also changes the dynamics and it certainly creates a happy home with good vibes.
So I challenge you to give yourself a goal this week; put down that dishcloth and that phone and PLAY! Whether you are at the Park- explore the wild, the Playground- climb with them, the Beach- make a sand castle, at Home- create a tunnel to safety and watch out for lava. And most of all…HAVE FUN!!!!
LOOP NZ is an app to Find The Fun with your family. Find your local playground or park, beach or bike track. Download for free on the Apple Store and on Google Play.