Play is an essential part of the psychological development of children, which is why it is much more than just a form of leisure. No, the little ones in the house don’t just play because they have more free time than the adults; these types of activities are necessary and follow almost innately (if the circumstances are right to be able to lead a normal life).
But another aspect of childhood play is that it is not an individualistic experience, but involves the parents as well. So in this article We’ll talk about how parent-child play is essential to children’s well-being.
What are the positive effects of parent-child play?
At present, the modalities of play with children have been gradually replaced by other forms of leisure and fun more linked to the use of technological devices of all kinds, which do not always allow collective pleasure. in which the whole family participates.
To remind you of the great benefits of parent-child play, here is a list of the benefits of this type of family practice.
1. Enhances Attachment Development and Reinforcement
Attachment is the intense emotional and affective bond that is established between parents and children through the exercise of any activity that unites them, and play is one of these essential activities to develop and strengthen it.
Playing with children allows us to share time together by establishing a dialogue based on empathy and the interpretation of each other’s mental states. And of course, it makes it possible to have a good time with the family, sharing positive emotions and feelings that directly affect the emotional-emotional and cognitive development of children. The little ones they link the feeling of well-being and pleasure to the presence of their parents and/or caregivers.
In short, all families who set up a model of positive parenting with their children have the habit of programming relatively frequent play sessions of all kinds with their young children, with the aim of creating positive links or maintaining those who already exist.
2. Supports values transmission
Play is an essential learning mechanism for all young children and we play with them offers parents the opportunity to teach a range of values and standards of conduct in the game such as respect, fair play and the prohibition of cheating, knowing how to lose and also knowing how to win.
Children are not particularly good at memorizing textual information, and it is best for them to internalize cultural elements through stories, symbols, and general play-related experiences. Besides, they have their parents as role modelsand at a very young age they often imitate their behavior, so play is very important for teaching all kinds of knowledge in the context of simulations and questions such as “what if…?”.
3. It’s a way to learn about the environment
In addition to learning essential behavioral patterns and values, play also helps children learn about the world around them, and this happens from birth.
Scientific research in the fields of psychology and medicine has shown all the benefits of play for the cognitive and emotional development of children, and more and more discoveries are being made on the importance of play in young children. . .
Thus, the presence of the father or the mother in the little one’s play sessions they can help you discover properties on the worldlike certain fundamental laws of physics, the play of light, animal behavior, and other experiences that they themselves might not have explored because they don’t even consider such things.
In addition to this, the game also stimulates creativity and imagination, thanks to the stories that are created by telling the adventures of the different toys at their disposal and also fine and gross motor skills (by manipulating objects in the imagination in games like puzzles, construction games, etc.).
4. Helps to understand the little one’s way of thinking
In addition to teaching children valuable knowledge, the game also allows us to learn a lot about them, to know them better. see the metaphors and the kind of magical/superstitious thinking through which they interpret what is happening. And it helps to understand in more detail what their inner world looks like and how they design their environment.
This phenomenon is also of great importance in establishing a positive social and emotional bond between parents and children, because if we understand each other better, we can get along better with our children and have more satisfying relationships.
5. Help you discover your interests and hobbies
Another of the essential functions of the game is that which allows us both the parents and the child to have their interests, hobbies, abilities, skills and virtues of all kinds, which it will have a very noticeable and positive influence on the creation of your adult personality.
On the other hand, the game also allows us to detect the limitations or deficits that our child may have, of any kind, and to work together to improve them.
6. Provides Social Skills Training
As indicated, the game clearly promotes the development of the child’s social skills, giving you the opportunity to interact socially with more people and test their knowledge of everything related to interpersonal relationships.
By collaborating to create interesting stories and narrative plots, respecting certain rules of the game, our children learn to have fun by keeping in mind the people around them and by learning concepts such as respect, empathy , assertiveness, patience and active listening. .
7. Improves self-esteem
Showing that we consider our children’s point of view when we play as a family and including them in our plans to make them feel more like a member of the family goes a long way in improving their self-esteem.
The well-being generated by healthy family play, as well as healthy competition and collective pleasure, are some of the elements that increase a child’s self-esteem and will help him in the future. trust your possibilities.
8. Provides Emotional Control Training
In addition to learning a series of cognitive, intellectual and affective dynamics and strategies, play with parents also serves to work on the child’s emotional control.
Aspects like emotional regulation, the structured and orderly expression of emotions and the punishment of tantrums, are essential elements that are learned by playing as a family.
9. Promotes emotional well-being in the family
As mentioned, there are a variety of elements that contribute to the emotional, cognitive and emotional well-being of all game participants, parents and children.
On top of that, scientific research has shown that during a time of happiness and relaxation like gambling, the human body releases a number of endorphins and hormones such as dopaminerelated to learning processes and the development of goals related to motivating experiences.
10. Promotes Other Healthy Habits
A child who grows up playing frequently with his parents you’ll be more likely to incorporate other healthy habits into your daily routinesuch as playing sports of all kinds or healthy social interaction with other people.
Education from childhood in healthy activities such as games or sports, to the detriment of the inconsiderate use of technological devices of all kinds, are a very important asset in the life of the child, in his good development. and in his future personality.
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