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On Monday, I shared that kids can learn impulse control and self-regulation by playing and interacting with their parents. This has maybe never been more important since using lots of technology delays the development of both.
There are more reasons to play with children and teens. Skills essential for school success that are part of the executive functioning part of the brain are affected.
Do you want your children to be successful with these skills?
- Creative thinking – able to think of ideas and answers that aren’t obvious
- Flexible thinking – able to connect ideas uniquely that don’t automatically appear to go together
- Higher-order thinking – able to analyze, synthesize, predict, evaluate, infer, interpret, and reflect
- Task persistence – able to stay the course and complete work independently
- Emotion regulation – able to identify emotional responses, respond to people and situations with appropriate/healthy emotions, and not be controlled by them
I imagine you want children to have these skills. There are two things to do:
- Play with your children; don’t just watch them play. Social and unstructured play that does not involve digital devices engages and improves these skills.
- Talk with your children. Parent-child interactions are essential. Talking while running errands, completing chores, playing, hanging out together, and the like will enhance these executive functioning skills.
Have you had a similar thought to mine while reading the skill list? I know adults who need these skills. Maybe playing and conversational interactions with others would help us all.
As I wrote on Monday … Play and talk with your kids. Interact with them when you do things together. Take breaks from technology regularly. Repeat. Play and talk with your kids. Interact with them when you do things together. Take breaks from technology regularly. Repeat.