The Importance of Playtime
Many new parents are startled early on by how inactive their new child is. Brand new babies don’t really seem to do much besides eat and sleep. It is easy to become baffled by all the images one sees on television or movies with babies laughing, clapping, and just playing in general. When do babies actually play and how do you even play with them? While it is easy to get impatient and start putting the train set together yourself, try to be patient. Your child will be dying to run around with mom and dad in a blink of an eye.
The Importance of Play
Play can take many forms. This makes a great deal of sense to parents who are suddenly aware of how much work it can be to entertain an active infant and how difficult it can be to focus on having fun and not scolding a rambunctious toddler. Regardless of whether play is outside or in, quiet or rowdy, it is simply important to take time for fun and enjoy the time with your child.
Young babies also must spend time on their stomachs to work their neck and back muscles. This can be frustrating for the young one, but parents can make it more fun by singing silly songs or showing baby interesting objects. Remember to talk to your baby about everything as you are playing. Show your baby the scenes from the windows or look at pictures on the wall. Vocabulary is building from day one, and the only way to truly learn words is to hear trusted adults speak them.
You will have years of a clean house when your children are gone; enjoy this time without worrying too much about spilled juice or ketchup as finger paint. Play chase, throw balls, jump up and down, dance, and sing. Take your big boy or girl everywhere that allows young people. There are so many interesting things to learn and see. It is the parent’s job to find these opportunities so that the child may relish the experience.
All manners of play are important. Puzzles and coloring are just as important to having a good time and building a foundation for learning as hide and seek and board games. Riding bikes and taking walks can be opportunities to bond with your children and demonstrate the importance of quality time together. Childhood is so fleeting. Relish every moment of it as actively as possible.
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