Em­brace the in­ner kid in you

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Kids -

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.”

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