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?
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!
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!
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
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
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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