How can I help?

As your child grows up your role will change. They will need you to take a step back and allow them to play alone and with their friends. This helps to build their confidence and independence. Teenagers appear to spend less time playing freely, and their behaviour more closely reflects that of adults, with the focus more on spending time with friends, socialising, and taking part in recreational activity.

  • There are lots of different things you can do to encourage your child or young person to play.
  • Get the environment right – turn off the TV!
  • Encourage play, especially outdoors, remember to allow freedom and choice.
  • Encourage your child to play outside in all kinds of weather.
  • Give your child enough time to finish their play.
  • Allow your child to take and manage risks in their play.
  • If you have to stop your child playing, try to give them plenty of warning to allow them to bring their play to a close.

(Taken from Parentzone, Education Scotland)