Parenting articles, news and tips on raising happy, healthy, successful kids and teens. While children do need time to play alone and with other children without adult intervention, research shows that playtime with parents is playing lesson for young children important.
Parents are encouraged to find time to spend playing with their kids on a regular basis. This should include one to one with each child and group time with all of the adults and kids in the home. If you are a single parent or have an only child, occasionally invite family or friends over to play. In pretend play, let the child develop the theme.
Be silly along with them and have fun. Know when it is time to stop. Also, when appropriate, parents can use stuffed animals or puppets to act out real-life situations that can teach problem solving or social skills. Let the puppet demonstrate the wrong way to handle a situation. Then, along with input from the child, act out a better way.