Play Matters is a quick snip for busy parents, to help you understand child development & why play is so important in your daily routine.
Developing Self - Identity
Development of a strong self identity or sense of self is an important aspect of child development to nurture. It affects the child's overall sense of wellbeing & connectedness.
To have a strong self identity is to know yourself well. How you 'tick'; what causes you stress & what brings you joy or calm; what kind of people are your crowd & who you should limit time with; what occupations bring you happiness & what burns you out.
Developing a strong sense of self identity is a lifelong process, however, childhood is a pivotal time to begin exploring who we are.
The better our sense of self identity, the more confidently we can navigate life's challenges & understand how to regulate our stress.
See the table below for tips on ways you can assist development of self-identity through play & ways that you can support development through role modeling behaviour
Developing through play
Role play games (picnics, tea parties, doctors, Mums & Dads, farms, etc)
Verbalising your thoughts to your child provides an example of natural thought patterns
Dress ups - using a variety of character outfits, regular oversized clothes & props
Verbalising your feelings will highlight that you feel anxious trying new things too, normalising this reaction
Access to lots of new experiences
Talking about when you were a child & some things you used to do
Repetition of familiar experiences - this helps to strengthen concepts & connections
Playing with new styles & approaches yourself
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If you would like an example of how we role model some of these behaviours in our house, check out our blog about teaching gratitude & resilience here.
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