When we have our first child, our immediate instinct is that we need to be doing something for him or her at all times in the day. While this is true, it’s also not true. In this day and age, we are bombarded by so much information on how to make our children reach their developmental milestones early or at least on time. We worry that we aren’t stimulating our child enough with the “right” toys. We worry that if we don’t play with our children correctly, it will cause delays or our child won’t be up to the standard we want.
So is it our job to make sure our child is entertained every minute of every day?
No, it’s not.
Try to remember when we grew up. We didn’t have access to all of the fancy learning toys that our children have access to. And most of us grew up learning how to think and create because of this.
It’s not a bad thing to encourage children to use their imaginations. It’s okay to leave them to their own devices once in a while so they learn to create things on their own.
Here are a few ways and things I have let my child play with just to see what she will do (we do keep her safety in mind and every single thing we do is only if it is completely protected and under our supervision):
Giving our child some freedom to play gives them some freedom to learn. It gives them a way to develop their minds. It also gives us a chance to sit back and just enjoy seeing the different creative things our children do. I love watching my child do things I wouldn’t have ever thought of before. So pull out some items for your child to play with and watch their imaginations run free.
Written by Shailee Butalia – A second generation Indian mother of a gorgeous daughter living in the USA… writing this on behalf of the wonderful team of Ghotu Motu Ki Toli.
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