Importance of Playing With Your Child
By Pauline El Kallassi Mansour | 26 Jul 2013 | PARENTING
Playing is the first basic activity and method of communication that children engage in very early in their lives. It is necessary for parents to recognize the importance of playing in building their children’s intellectual, emotional, and sensory-motor capacity.

 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. 

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