Re­search shows that a young child re­mains in­ter­ested in a toy for longer when one of his par­ents sits be­side him.

Young Parents (Singapore) - - AGE BY STAGE 0 - 1 YEAR -

Re­duce dis­trac­tion Stay with him Keep them ac­ces­si­ble Learn what he’s cu­ri­ous about Let him pick the next one Ar­range dif­fer­ent play ex­pe­ri­ences

He will grow weary of ev­ery ac­tiv­ity even­tu­ally, so try to of­fer him a va­ri­ety. That al­lows you to move him to an­other when you ob­serve that bore­dom has denitely set in. Your child is more likely to play for longer if he chose it him­self. It does not nec­es­sar­ily al­ways work out that way – he might have bought it be­cause he liked the packaging – but get­ting him in­volved is worth a try. Bore­dom in­creases when your one-year-old can’t reach his toys, per­haps be­cause they are all piled up in a cup­board. En­sure that they are neatly ar­ranged, or­gan­ised and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. That way, he doesn’t need to rely on you – when he’s bored, he reaches for what­ever he wants.

When you no­tice your tot play­ing with a toy for longer than usual, try to iden­tify what it is that en­gages him so much – for in­stance, maybe he loves di­nosaurs or any­thing to do with trains. This will help you choose other sim­i­lar prod­ucts for him.

Re­search shows that a young child re­mains in­ter­ested in a toy for longer when one of his par­ents sits be­side him. You don’t need to chat or even play with him. Your pres­ence is enough to help hold his at­ten­tion. Iron­i­cally, the more sources of stim­u­la­tion sur­round­ing your toddler, the less likely he is to con­cen­trate on any one in par­tic­u­lar for long. This can make him bored.

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