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The Power of Play

The Power of Play

Kids look like small adults. They may even sound like mini grownups sometimes, especially when they get a little sassy or parrot back a parents’ own words to them. However, their brains haven’t matured to the same place that an adult brain has, so they process things and work through them very differently than an adult does.

One of the major ways kids process their feelings and things that are happening for them is through play.

They don’t have the words to clearly talk about what is happening or what they are feeling, but they can tell when something is hard, upsetting, or stressful. When a child is feeling upset, translating those feelings into play can help them organize and make sense of their feelings. They can create desired outcomes and play the “hero” who comes in and saves the distressed.

Being able to control the outcome and vent anger and frustration in a setting in which they call the shots helps them think outside the box and cope with daily challenges and problems. Some of this play may appear aggressive or angry, but as long as those traits are not generalized into interactions with others they are completely within the normal realm.

In today’s fast-paced world, there are often fewer and fewer opportunities for kids to have stretches of time devoted to simply playing.

Structured extra-curricular sports and clubs, TV time, and video and computer games are increasingly taking up the time that previously was open for creative, free play. Giving your kids a balance of time in which they have to amuse themselves with creativity and pretend mixed in with their structured time can help promote their problem solving skills, increase their self-confidence, and improve social skills.

Allow your kids to tap into the power of something they do naturally – just play!

Molly Halbrooks, LAMFT
mhalbrooks @ growcounseling.com

Divorce 911: Normalize Your Emotions

Recently, GROW Counseling and Dr. Wendy Dickinson partnered with Divorce 911 to create a few short videos addressing common themes in divorce. In this video, they discuss the topic of “normalizing” your emotions.

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children Part 2: Practical Ways to Help Your Children Become More Emotionally Intelligent

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children Part 2: Practical Ways to Help Your Children Become More Emotionally Intelligent

In part one of the blog Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children, we defined emotional intelligence and explored its importance. Some children are naturally more emotionally intelligent than others. It is important to nurture emotional intelligence in children to help them adjust well to the challenges life brings. Now that we know how important emotional intelligence is,…

What exactly is adolescence?

What exactly is adolescence?

For many parents, understanding a bit about their teenager’s brain development can be helpful in navigating the sometimes difficult adolescent years. But first, what exactly are the adolescent years? What does the term “adolescence” even mean? Researchers and scientists have had a pretty difficult time coming to a consensus definition. Broadly speaking, the term means…

Setting Boundaries in the Teen years

Setting Boundaries in the Teen years

Parenting is a tough job! Each phase of kids growing up comes with its own set of new joys and new struggles. The teen years can be particularly trying, as teens test out different identities, explore newfound privileges and independence, and parents try to adjust to their child getting older and separating themselves a bit…

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