Naughty or Playful

We’ve all seen adorable pictures of toddlers walking around in their parents’ shoes, but when it’s your own child doing it when you’re trying to get out the door, this behavior may seem more inconvenient than innocent.

To encourage your child’s playful side, try to enjoy his desire to imitate at an easier time when you or your partner aren’t preparing for work or another important obligation.

If one parent is busy and can’t stop to play, the other parent (or another family member) can find an alternate activity for the child in a different room.

Then find opportunities to enjoy your child’s imitation games when you both aren’t under any time pressures. Offer your child a small rake on a weekend day, for example, while you and your partner clear the leaves..

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