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Playing Together

Most of us take our kids for granted, shutting them up when we're tired, and expecting them to entertain us whenever we're in the mood. Till one fine day, when they're all grown up, we look around and wonder where they've gone. We realise that they're far, far away in a world of their own, which doesn't include us. No one expects to be estranged from their kids as they grow up, and nobody wants it, yet it does happen. Even if your children are not exactly estranged, but if the deep, loving bond is missing, it hurts.  

What did you do the last time when your child came up to you begging you to play a game of Ludo? Were you too busy? Were you too preoccupied as you waited to see what Tulsi did next, on your favourite soap? Or did you just stop whatever you were doing and roll the dice? 

Indoor Games

This doesn't mean you have to join the neighbourhood kids in their game of kho kho and sprain a limb while you're at it. Indoor games are the way to go! 

Time Out

Keep some time aside to spend playing a game with your kids. Develop a routine, depending on your schedule. Once a week, or perhaps even every night after dinner, spend an hour or so playing a board game with your kids. 

Enhances intellectual development

Games like Chess sharpen the mind and enhance intellectual development, while a game like Scrabble would expand your child's word power. Start out with easy words at first, and encourage your child to use the dictionary. Pretty soon your child will be using words even you've never heard of! 

Self Esteem

When parents spend adequate time with their kids and treat them like equals, it enhances their self-esteem and builds confidence. In addition, their skills at a particular game get sharpened, and the knowledge that they can beat most of their friends at that game does wonders for their pride. 

Provide a healthy mix

On the other hand, don't monopolise your children. Encourage them to go out and play with their friends in the evening. Provide a healthy mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Help them schedule their homework in such a manner that they are free by around 6:00 p.m. and from then on, it's playtime! 


Not only will the both of you have a great time playing together, but also these times spent together will provide you and your child with a lifetime of memories you are sure to cherish. 

Adventure Holidays

Instead of taking a regular vacation this summer, plan an adventure holiday. Many travel agencies offer packages that are chockablock with activities. This, of course, doesn't mean just Carom or table tennis - you could stay at home for that! Go in for packages that include activities like cycling, hiking, boat rides, horse riding.

"A family that plays together stays together." Truer words were never spoken.

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Varsha Tyagi.4 years ago
An eye opener! Was looking for something good to share @ the interaction session at my son'e school - Orchids International, Bangalore. Will share this info with other parents.
really on reading this i feel that i am definitely missing his childhood. i am a working mother and living seperate with my husband and without any elders. i going to office at 8.30 am and coming home by 7.00 pm. my hubby will be coming by 9-30 to 10 pm. in between 2-30 hours i have lots of household work and for his routine schedule of eating dinner taking milk doing homework etc. i am trying to talk with him a lot but sitting and playing daily is a bit difficult. on reading this i feel guilty. try to suggest me something good please. weekly once i am trying to spare 1 - 2 hours. that too goes with weekly brush up of that weeks lessons/ and doing some puzzles of educational toys.
Milind Vardam.9 years ago
the article is really very good and also is my personal experience. our children definitely gain out of these games but we also fill energetic. if we are short of time then we can involve our children in our household work and have fun. work smarter rather than work hard to be with our children.
Aparna.9 years ago
i am a working mother & living saperate from my husbund in my mothers house. but i can not spent more time with my 4 years child. but when i read this article, i diseide to spent atleast an hour in a day i manage to spent with my childe & regrown up with him.
Ravi & Neelam.9 years ago
real thought provoking write up!for good or bad read it with my loving daughter sakshi ,all of us look forward to change in our habits to have better interaction... thanks every bit.
Kavita.9 years ago
after reading this afticle,i realise that i do spend enough time with my children playing outdoor and indoor games together especially on weekends. on weekdays also i spend time in a different way like helping them with their school work and story telling during dinner time etc.but i think this article is good for the parents who spend enough time with their children and parents who do not spend enough time with their children. it just gives a reminder to every parent about what they do with their children and what they lack so they can improve.
gouri.9 years ago
i read the article and the opinion.since i am a house wife,i am giving my full time to my six years old daughter,but my husband is very busy and not getting sufficient time to spend with our kid. i am also feeling that she is also little bit stubborn day by day. could you please tell me what are the consequences of this type of habit?
Neha.9 years ago
i am a working mother and my husband is very busy but after reading this article the whole day chores ran in front of my eyes and i suddenlt realised i am not a verygood mother really , though my husband plays too much with my 2 year old daughter even if he is there only for 1hour at home he will manage to give our daughter atleast 40minutes from that but i am either busy with kitchen or as you said sometimes with tulsi, thanks for the eye opener , from today i will change my self
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