ERIC Number: ED510600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Parent-Child Play, a Foundation for Positive Relationships: Replacing Stumbling Blocks with Building Blocks
Kuchner, Joan F.
Online Submission, Paper presented at "Child's Play, Children's Pleasures: Interdisciplinary Explorations" (Hempstead, NY, Mar 20, 2010)
Parenthood brings many responsibilities both economic and social. In the 21st century, these rarely include the mandate to play with your children. Yet, this emotionally rich experience holds the promise of bringing parents and children together for a mutually rewarding experience that will have repercussions through a lifetime. This paper explores the beliefs about play and education that influence parental attitudes and actions. It considers family roles and responsibilities that influence parent child play time, as well as the impact of messages from community institutions. The goals that parents have for their children and ways in which parent-child play can help both parents and children achieve these goals are juxtaposed with the personal, family, financial and neighborhood based stumbling blocks to parent child play, particularly in the preschool years. The paper concludes with suggestions for ways in which the community can help facilitate children's play with parents through the creation of play friendly places and messages.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A