Sibling Revelry: Top Ideas For Sibling Playtime

November 15th, 2017

Every ‘babywise’ parent knows the value of independent playtime, as it allows the little one to develop a myriad of helpful skills like mental focus, creativity, discipline, and a sustained attention span. But just as independent playtime is important to a child’s holistic upbringing, so too is sibling time. Think kids with siblings and your mind will naturally conjure up images of snarling, bickering little monsters pummelling each other all over the floor. However, according to Dr Laurie Kramer, one of the world’s leading experts on sibling relations, all that squabbling is part of healthy family life. What matters most is that siblings engage in healthy playtime as well. Kramer’s body of research suggests that parents should worry less about how they stamp out sibling fights, and concentrate more on encouraging them to initiate play together. It’s not about conflict resolution, it’s conflict prevention. With less fighting, siblings will be more likely to initiate play in an amicable manner. Here are some sibling-friendly playtime ideas, or playtivities if you will, that can help brothers and sisters bond, foster teamwork, and enjoy a dose of healthy competition at the same time. Remember, kids, play nice! The Floor Is Lava! This classic never gets old, and requires up to two players for a full experience. Let the kiddos jump from furniture to furniture without touching the floor unless it’s a strategically placed cushion. The aim is to keep moving without touching the floor of ‘lava’ while trying to make the other do so and ‘melt’. Do moderate and ensure things don’t get too rough. Detective What better way to let your kids have fun and get to know each other better at the same time? Detective, played by two or more kids, sees each child taking a turn to ask the other […]

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