Play­time mat­ters

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A fam­ily coach is send­ing the mes­sage that par­ents need to en­sure play­time with the kids is used wisely.

‘‘Most Kiwi par­ents are un­der in­creased time pres­sures and so mak­ing the most of time spent to­gether is im­por­tant,’’ An­drea Stringer from The Par­ent­ing Place says.

‘‘Is it re­laxed, free of dis­trac­tion and guilt? Is it fo­cused on the child’s in­ter­ests?’’

Ms Stringer’s com­ments fol­low a sur­vey of more than 1000 Aus­tralian mothers held by Lego Duplo.

The study found par­ents recog­nised play- time to be the most piv­otal when key mile­stones are met, such as clap­ping, sort­ing and shar­ing.

But many felt they did not spend enough of this pre­cious time with their chil­dren.

Of the mothers sur­veyed 74 per cent wish to in­crease their shared play­time by at least an hour and a half each day.

Ms Stringer be­lieves the sit­u­a­tion is the same in New Zealand. Ac­cord­ing to the Statis­tics NZ ssur­vey in 2010, work­ing Kiwi par­ents spend an aver­age of one hour and nine min­utes a day with their chil­dren.

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