Play instructs and enables the inertia of humanity, while all at once embodying life itself. It is how we live and what we live for.
Stressed and short on time, modern parents subconsciously formulate an equation to solve the problem of parenting. They know the desired end result of their work- kind, happy, successful and independent kids- and they know that people who make kids like this provide all sorts of good opportunities for their children. But, learning and development is just not that simple.
Stories do more than just entertain, they transcend and transform. For this reason, they can be one of the most powerful parenting tools.
Free will is not a constant stream, like in adults. Rather, in children, free will is more like the ebb and flow of an ocean’s tide. It rolls out and rolls in, sometimes without warning, but most often it is predictable and responds to the obvious forces that act upon it—hunger, fatigue, the bowels and a slew of emotions whether elated or sad.
Considering that parents have limited time and resources to apply towards nurturing their children, I will present the three most highly recommended, research-based parenting practices which are a good investment of every parent’s time, energy and money.
The safety and comfort of a parent’s lap is a refuge in an unpredictable world. In the midst of chaos and confusion, a parent’s lap invites a child to enjoy a moment of tranquility. It is no wonder that sharing this safe haven with others causes tears, tantrums and fierce rage in young children.
Whether you are a tiger mother or a free-range parent, your beliefs about how much you matter won’t change the fact that you can only make so big of an impact upon your children. In fact, research demonstrates that overvaluing your parental role and your children can lead to negative outcomes.