I’ve been in London all day at http://www.markettiers4dc.com/ speaking to about 20 different radio stations around the UK as I was asked to give my opinion on a new survey by Lego. This new survey discovered that over 80% of parents admitted that their children would rather actively play with toys and games than sit in front of the telly.
How fantastic is that!
I was really excited when I heard that, as play is such an important part of growing up, building bridges not walls between children and parents of all ages and a great way to build those wonderful childhood memories that last a lifetime. To say nothing about building their imaginative play, social skills, dexterity, thinking skills and vocabulary.
I’ve written many times about the importance of play and you can read my latest blog about it => here.
So commit to making a new routine for “play time” in your house when it can fit naturally and easily into your busy routines – and be specific and commit to making it happen for a week then it turns easily and quickly into a new play habit.
Come in, kick off your shoes, take off your suit and have a bit of fun playing with your kids and notice your own stress levels go down – it doesn’t have to be for ages but read my article on “In a Minute” => here for another simple technique for finding that extra minute or two to connect, bond and build the relationship you’ve always wanted with your kids.
As I often say kids spell love T –I – M- E ……..don’t they?
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Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert who offers practical guidance for bringing up happy, confident, well behaved children. She is also the author of “Raising Happy Children for Dummies” one in the famous black and yellow series published worldwide and the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She regularly appears on BBC Breakfast and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and her parenting articles are published all over the world.
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