Why parents need to play
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” George Bernard Shaw
• 6 out of 10 parents say they play with their child only occasionally
• 1 in 6 fathers say they don’t know how to play with their children
• The average parent-child bonding time is 1 hour a day for mothers and 35 minutes for fathers
Oh dear that is sad.
I have just watched a rather fabulous play and parenting video The DVD was from a pack of 3 DVDs entitled Best Relationship with your child, covering childhood from 0-12.
I watched the 5-12 DVD and it has inspired me. I am guilty of not playing that much with my childcare any more as they have grown apart for the occasional board game or game of tennis.
It is just absolutely packed to the brim with play ideas to promote bonding with your child.
The DVDs discuss the science behind childhood brain development and the benefits of You-me games with parent-child bonding. I have to say the children looked so happy in the DVD’s playing really basic and old fashioned games but really connecting with their parents in the process. It made me smile.
It has inspired me to do more you-me games with the kids and be more connected with them and I think it will do us all the world of good to remember how to play.
The DVDs can be purchased here