In addition, playing strengthens the bond between kids and their parents and shows them that they are valuable and loved for who they are.
Parents need to make it a point to spend some time playing with their kids no matter how simple the game is. It makes the child feel that he is really worthwhile since his parents are taking the time to play with him even if they are older and have other things to do.
Playing can increase the child’s imagination and capacity to find solutions to problems. Role-playing or imaginative playing is when children pretend being a certain character or person (mother, doctor etc…). It is very important for children to engage in role-playing since it increases their social skills. Through role-playing, children repeat incidents or experiences that they have witnessed or heard of in their daily lives. They repeat it to make sense out of it or try to control it in their own way.
Playing builds your child’s socialization skills through assigning roles to other kids, interacting with others and making up their own rules in imaginative playing.
In other games, children learn to follow certain regulations in order to win. They learn that there is a winner and a loser. Through games, children are practicing and learning in a safe environment different skills (defending themselves, creating solutions, reacting to loss or winning, accepting loss, trying again and moving on). These are all skills needed in the adult world.
Child psychotherapy consists mostly of playing and role-playing among other techniques. Playing helps children share their feelings and express their thoughts in a safe manner that does not threaten their existence. Through playing, children experiment with different ways to solve their problems and deal with their anxieties and fears in the psychotherapy session.
My message to all parents out there:
Do not undervalue the importance of playing with your kids. Encourage your children to play and engage in role-playing or imaginative playing with your kids. Let your kids define the roles they want you to take and let them lead the game. Ask your kids questions and remain interested in how they are inventing new situations and motivate them to find solutions to problems.
Discover Your Other Side
What is it all about?
It is wrong to believe that psychotherapy is for crazy or sick people.
We all have personal experiences that have left some impact on our lives whether positively or negatively.
There should be no shame in seeking psychotherapy.
Relationship issues, depression, low self-esteem and other stressful situations can exert a lot of pressure on your life and make you feel trapped.
No matter how hard you have tried, you end up always feeling the same. You need not be alone. Seek change.
Adolescents’ behaviors reflect a lot of the chaos and tensions boiling within them.
Even though it is a turbulent time, adolescence is also potentially positive,
because one’s true identity can emerge when these internal tensions are approached and handled correctly.
It is wrong to believe that if your child is not causing you any trouble, then he or she is doing okay. You children depend on your attention and awareness to changes in their emotions and behaviors.
You do not have to go through your difficulties alone. A support group can help you connect with other individuals facing similar issues or challenges.