When Children Pretend (7-24-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:    To encourage your child to talk about what he is thinking.    

PRACTICE:   Today, interview your child when he is pretending – or right after. You might want to wait until he his wrapping up, so you don’t interrupt his creativity.

 Ask him his name, how he came to be who he was, what he likes about being who he was, what he was thinking while he was playing, what it felt like to pretend what he was pretending.

Ask if there are things he wishes he had to make this activity more fun.

If there are, think about how you and he could arrange to add a few things – finding them at a second-hand store, a dollar store, hunting around the house for what is needed, borrowing something, or organizing an art project to make something.

Thank him for sharing with you.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, MY VERY BIG LITTLE WORLD.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Preschoolers – Who Are They? Part 2.

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