Embrace the inner kid in you
Families that play together stay together, says Alan. Just as each child looks forward to playtime, so should parents, as it’s the best way for everyone to learn things and get creative.
“But how you bond with your son or daughter while playing varies,” says Alan. “Boys enjoy sports and any physical activity, so you too need to get physical and play with him. You can’t pretend to watch him play his favourite sport while you complete an important work project on the sidelines.
“Girls, however, like to talk about their feelings, experiences, problems and thoughts. So when you play house with her, for example, be ready to listen to her stories while you share your insights. In this way, she’ll know that you’re really paying attention to whatever she’s saying.”