Spending quality time with your child is one of life's great joys. In our experience, the tips below can help make the most of those moments.
- Be in the moment—set aside distractions and engage in the fun.
- Follow the play—watch how your child interacts with the toy, then joyfully go along for the ride.
- Curb your desire to supervise.
- Scratch your head—ask “What would happen if” questions you don’t know the answers to, then discover the answers together.
- Invent challenges together.
- If something isn’t working, encourage your child to think about ways to fix it.
- Keep in mind that doing something differently doesn’t mean you're doing it wrong.
- Allow your child to explain the learning to you. Putting something into words can lead to deeper understanding.
NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment): Learning and Developing Through Play
Parenting Magazine: 7 Do's and Don't of Raising a Happy Child
Karen Eugster, MA, RCC, CPT-S: Child-Directed Play and Parent-Directed Play: Two Ways for Parents to Play with Their Children