Often, the little things matter the most. When we share the joy over the softness of a kitten or the slippery feel of mud between their toes, we share a connection that will stay with our children forever. So put the problems of today away, and enjoy connecting with the most special person in the world–your child!
- Special training or fancy toys aren’t needed to make your “together time” really matter
- Find out what interests your child–whether it’s watching bugs or playing a board game, take the time to have fun together
- Communicate with them on their level. Make a habit of kneeling down so your kids can look you in the eye while you talk
- Create family meal time. Sit down to the table, and find out what’s going on in school or plan upcoming family activities.
ENGAGING CHILDREN IN PLAY
Play is children’s work, we say. Through play, children learn about the world around them, solve problems, develop social skills, and build confidence. A parent’s job is to allow for “play” time.
- Create opportunities for play.
- Provide materials, a safe place to play, and suggest activities or ideas to get the ball rolling.
- Sit back occasionally, and enjoy letting your child direct your playtime together.
Edible “Play Dough”
Playing with modeling dough is an excellent activity for building your child’s fine motor skills, and it’s fun! Here’s a recipe for modeling dough your child (and you!) can eat:
- 1/2 small jar peanut butter
- 2/3 teaspoon honey *not for children under 1 year of age
- Powdered milk
Mix together the first two ingredients. Add powdered milk until the dough stops sticking to your hands. Play! Have fun! (Discard dough when playtime is over).
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