The child, from a very young age, through mirror neurons, is infected by the emotional states of the adults who care for him, a happy mother will raise a happy child, a depressed mother will have a sad child.
Parents have to let out the child in us, our most childish part, play with our children, make ourselves small to get closer to them. Having fun with our children is the best way to teach them to have fun, to be cheerful and cheerful, to know how to enjoy leisure activities and playtime. And it is that, from happy parents, happy children. We have to learn to enjoy with our children.
When the child laughs, he feels happy, cheerful, active, open to exploring his environment and getting excited about every little achievement. A child who feels that Mom and Dad are close to him, taking care of him, feels safe and explores his environment, is a little researcher, amazed at each new discovery.
Enjoy with the children and have fun while still being parents, establishing limits and transmitting values that help them make decisions and conduct themselves in life according to ethical and moral principles. Even in the moments in which we impose our authority we must feel serene and joyful, authority does not mean getting angry, it must be united firmly and constantly and can even be exercised by playing.
Chesterton used to say "When we are very young, we do not need fairy tales, we just need stories. Life is quite interesting in itself. A seven-year-old may be thrilled that Perico, upon opening the door, meets a dragon; a three-year-old is already quite excited when Perico opens the door. " It doesn't take great things to excite our youngest children, a butterfly, the bubbles that come out of the soap, running behind a leaf that the wind carries away, their capacity for wonder is unlimited and they awaken the illusion.
We can also use fun to change the mood of our children when they settle into a negative and defiant attitude. Older children may not respond well to their parents' jokes, they could interpret it as disrespecting their feelings and feeling hurt. Younger children can react in a positive way, surprising them with an improvised joke or game can turn their irritability and nervousness into fun, laughter and a good relationship.
There is a wide variety of fun activities that we can do as a family, for example, tell stories. One starts a story, the next adds a phrase, the third adds another, and so on. In this type of games, spontaneity should be encouraged, this will help our children to know how to respond to the unforeseen events that arise in life in a receptive way, enhancing flexibility.
Another activity could be represent different situations or characters and guess who they are. The classic board games, bike tours, making a dessert, etc. They are a wonderful opportunity to stimulate team spirit in our children.
Parents who play with their children train them for social relationships, help them connect with others. The positive experiences they live with their parents constitute their model of relating in the future, promoting positive and healthy relationships.
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