Play With Me!?

Children have the ability to independently entertain themselves.

However, if parents do not step back and trust that their children can entertain themselves, they will unintentionally take on the role of their child’s permanent entertainer.

While this is a parent's natural role when their children are babies, this area of dependency should be phased out as a child becomes more independent.

Initially, you will need to ‘set things up’ in order for your child to be entertained. However, this should only be a bridging strategy as you role model how easy it is to find interesting things to do.