Do your children have time to "just be"? In our world of hustle and bustle, this can be the best gift that you can give them. Time to imagine, pretend, and play is good for all aspects of a child's development and mental health. Here are some suggestions:
* No screens. No TV in the background. No tablets or phones.
* Provide some open ended play things - toys, blocks, or even real life items, such as boxes, bowls, pots and pans.
* Limit adult facilitation. Children do not need you to guide their play. Children DO need you to see and celebrate what they are doing - be it playing with cars, pretending with a doll, or creating with boxes.
It is good for all of us to have time to "just be". Adults need it as much as kids! Teach your children early to take time for themselves to dream and pretend. It is a wonderful life-long skill.
Let Them Fly!