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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that playing with your children in short sessions can help increase their chance of listening to you. In addition, according to CDC, the special playtime will allow you to emphasize positive behaviours and create a strong, loving bond with them.

Have a playtime session to enhance children’s positive behaviour 

The concept is easy to understand. Parents should spend a minimum of five minutes exercising with their kids every day. Drawing, constructing with bricks, playing with toys, or playing video games are activities that need a correct or incorrect way to play. Let the youngster take charge during this time. 

Nemours Children’s Health paediatric psychologist Roger Harrison says that special play time allows kids to interact with parents without pressure to follow instructions, which enhances their relationship. 

Special playtime increases prospects for connection between a kid and a parent. As that link grows, the likelihood of a child paying attention to or appreciating whatever a parent says increases.

Use toys that don’t move or interact during special playtime 

According to Children’s Lifetime, some things to consider for playtime are activities or toys that encourage the child’s creativity. Tools and toys that enhance the creativity of children include crayons, paper and building blocks. Toys that move and interact independently aren’t recommended during special playtime. 

Make special playtime efficient through PRIDE

PRIDE is an acronym that stands for praise, reflect, imitate, describe, and enthusiasm. When praising the child, look at the behaviours you wish to see more in your child. Reflect implies repeating what the child says, which shows that you understand and are listening to them. 

Imitating means that you should engage in the child’s parallel play and do what they are doing for them to see you are having fun with them. You need to be enthusiastic when playing with the child so that they see you are enjoying. Complement whenever they complete a puzzle or an activity.