Do you ever have a hard time getting your kids to talk to you? Have you ever listened in on their play time and wondered why they are playing the way they do? Young children work out their feelings through play. Sometimes it is better to listen in and let them play it out, paying attention to how they resolve the situation. Or perhaps you can cross the plane of pretend and ask why a character is acting a certain way. You might be able to offer suggestions to the characters—not directly to your child—and pretend for a little while that these characters of your child’s imagination are as real to you as they are to your child. You might get a glimpse into your child’s mind, their world, when they can’t express themselves the way adults do.
Check out what John Tartaglia says about the role of play in the child’s life: