by Wendy Monks-Janzen, Registered Psychologist (Prov)

Did you know that ‘Having Fun’ with your children doesn’t always come naturally?
For some parents, it can feel awkward and uncomfortable, boring, frustrating, or annoying too. Masking those feelings for the sake of your child’s well-being can lead to the emotional eruption or withdrawal of play, attention, or affection.


Here are some tips to work through play with your child.


*It’s okay to say no, I don’t want to play or do that. I would like to do this instead. Let’s play these toys beside one another (parallel play). So, your child trusts your presence will remain—while maintaining and role modeling autonomy.


*It’s okay to not always have to do the heavy work. For example, I will give you 4 big pushes on the swing, then I will swing beside you. Encourage the practice of pumping those skills and awaiting the next turn.


*Choose which tasks of play you prefer. For example, stating I prefer not to talk for barbie, however, I will help set up the rooms or accessories for the dolls. I will stay and observe while you engage with them.

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