Why Your Child Should Play Alone

Behavior and Discipline, Featured Article, Growth and Development

Social interaction is a necessity for children, but they also benefit from spending time alone. Independent play, when your child occupies himself with toys, games or self-guided activities, is a valuable skill and no less essential than group play. Encouraging your child to be appropriately independent has long-term benefits, not only for your child, but for you as well. Here are some of the benefits your child will get from learning to play alone.

Increased Imagination and Creativity
Imagination and creativity are valuable for both children and adults. In later life, imagination and creativity become key components of innovative problem-solving skills. Life depends on solving problems; people who have good problem-solving skills are likely to do better at work and in other areas of life too.

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Improved Self-Confidence
A child who is accustomed to entertaining himself or herself develops skills and abilities useful when facing problems in life. Self-confident children are less likely to be swayed by peer pressure, and are more likely to be a positive influence on others.

Better Self-Direction Skills 
The ability to make decisions and good use of time help your child develop leadership skills. By helping your child grow to be an adult with problem-solving skills, self-confidence and the ability to lead and positively influence others, you are giving him the best chance to be successful.

David Reeves is Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. Playland Inc., is a total solutions manufacturer and supplier to many industries, with its roots deep in the park and playground markets including churches, schools, and day care centers. It has developed into the only company in its field to offer direct to all of its customers, the ability to purchase outdoor playgrounds, shelters, shade, indoor playgrounds, water slides and site amenities. Connect with SII on LinkedIn or Facebook.

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