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Give your child playfulness

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Gifts: Give Your Child Playfulness

Fundamental to healthy relationships is play. Most kids from hard places don't play or haven't been able to play. Give your child the gift of play. We know from research that children who end up growing up and having serious problems are very often highly correlated with children who didn't get to play, because they were in dangerous environments. We want to give our children ways to play. We may have to teach them to play. We're going to give them opportunities -- maybe find something they like; find a game they like. Find a physical activity they like. Invest in a basketball hoop for the backyard. Invest in different kinds of games. An interesting thing about play is that we can actually bring down the chemistry of fear and bring up the chemistry of healing in their brains by playing. We can also know that if a child learns to laugh and giggle, they can't be so terrified anymore. Don't force play on a child. Lead them gently into play. Maybe set two or three times a day that you have a timer and you set the timer. Then you say, “Let's play for 15 minutes. What do you want to play?” And you be the playmate. Become the favorite play thing. Become the one that they seek out when they want to giggle and laugh and smile. With play we can disarm fear. With play we can teach a child to trust. With play, we can teach a child to be connected to us. With play we can even discipline a child. So if a child speaks mouthing to me and I say, “Well hold on. Now try that again.” or “Hey are you asking or telling?” and without ever breaking the stride of play, I've drawn that child back into relationship and into attunement with me. It might seem so simple. We overlook it but play is absolutely fundamental to the healing and the connections that your child will make in your family.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 12 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: jenfridley on Feb 15, 2018

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