How Do Great Parents … 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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