How Do Great Parents … Play

    Play

    (material provided by The Incredible Years, Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D.)

    • Follow your child’s lead.
    • Pace at your child’s level.
    • Don’t expect too much — give your child time.
    • Don’t compete with your child.
    • Praise and encourage your child’s ideas and creativity; don’t criticize.
    • Engage in role play and make-believe with your child.
    • Be an attentive and appreciative audience.
    • Use descriptive comment instead of asking questions.
    • Curb your desire to give too much help; encourage your child’s problem solving.
    • Reward quiet play with you attention.
    • Laugh and have fun.

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