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Parents and Parenting: Chores and discipline can be made into a game. A good game for parents to use is "Simon Say."

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Play for Kids and Parents: Simon Says, "Make It a Game!"

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Parents and Parenting: Simon Says has some uses for parents other than fun with their kids.

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Remember the game you used to play–Simon Says?

Well, it has some uses to get young children to do chores, pick up their toys, and generally do what you ask them.

The game teaches children to think and obey quickly.

So, you want the truck in the toy box but Shawn is balking. 

Start a game of Simon Says.

Somewhere along the way, "Simon says put the truck in the toy box."

Now don’t stop. Continue the game for a few more rounds.

It has parental possibilities…

Simon Says take your bowl to the kitchen.

Simon Says put your pillow on the bed.

Simon Says hang up your hat.

Simon Says pick out a nighty-night book.

Simon Says give mommy a hug.

Yes, playing is fun. Yet play can always be used to teach a child a lesson or two.

Play for young children corresponds to "work" for adults. It is important for their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. 

When children play they are are doing more than having fun. They are learning how 

1. To use their imagination.

2. To problem solve.

3. To deal with feelings and emotions.

4. To act out adult or older siblings behaviors.

5. To get along with others, to use their imagination, 

6. To develop coordination and other motor skills, 

7. To concentrate

8. To pick up their toys. 

Play takes advantage of the natural and innate curiosity and desire to learn of all children.. 

And you thought the two of your were just having fun. 

 


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And sometimes play can be used to get mommy a hug! That is even better.

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