The Role of Play



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About This Episode

Play has proven to be very beneficial for a child’s emotional, cognitive, physical and social development. There are many studies out there that have published those fascinating findings. But in addition to all those benefits, play offers parents the ideal opportunity to engage fully with their children in a world so defined by hurriedness. Children play very well alone but when parents join in, the children perceive that their parents are fully paying attention, opening up naturally the lines of communication between the two. Even less verbal children show a glimpse of their perspective that let parents better understand who they are and what they are thinking. So in essence, playing also helps you hold on to your children. Children don’t need fancy, stimulating toys to play well and to get all the benefits of play. This week let their imagination run wild by:

People On This Episode

Alicia La Hoz

Dr. Alicia La Hoz
Resident Expert

Robert Salazar

Robert Salazar

Family Bridges

Veronica Avila

James Breakwell a.k.a. Xploding Unicorn

James Breakwell (Exploding Unicorn)
Special Guest

This Week's Action

  • Encouraging your children to play away from electronics in order to decompress and to be creative on their own.
  • Allowing your children to play with messy things or make science experiments. You can manage your anxiety by laying out towels in the area where kids are playing or setting a messy station outside.
  • Joining in when your children are playing once in a while without trying to set up your own structure or bring control to the game.

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