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ERIC Number: ED433128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 8
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Child's Play: A Work-Family Issue.
Kuchner, Joan F.
Many parents find that the daily stress of coping with the demanding realities of their work lives leaves them with little personal and family time; playing with their children may therefore fall to the bottom of the "to-do list." One of the tasks of early childhood professionals thus becomes helping parents understand the nature and value of play and guiding them toward an appreciation of how playful parent-child interactions may assist parents in reaching their own goals. This paper provides information for early childhood professionals to use toward that end. The paper discusses the role of play as: (1) part of a time management strategy to build relationships with their children, encouraging their success and their health--thereby meeting long-term goals; (2) reducing stress for parents and children; (3) facilitating school readiness; (4) nurturing communication skills that are part of emotional intelligence; (5) providing an avenue for emotional expression; (6) nourishing to the parent-child relationship; and (7) providing the basis for positive discipline, preventing power struggles. The paper concludes that by providing a forum for exploring ways to fit play into found time, early childhood professionals can help parents plan home environments to encourage play and realize how play can smooth rough spots in routines. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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