To support children, we need to support parents
In the first few years of a child’s life, their brain develops faster than it ever will again. By playing together right from the start, parents and caregivers give little ones fuel for all that learning and growing. And through that play they establish loving, nurturing bonds that help children grow up to be happier, healthier adults.
That’s why we at The LEGO Foundation fund parenting programmes around the world and promote playful parenting. We also share lots of quick, easy, free activities (including lots on this website!). But we know it’s not always easy to find the time to play. Parents are battling against busy days, stress – perhaps a bank balance stretched to breaking point. All these things can make play seem like a luxury, when it’s actually essential.
How can we change our society to help break down those barriers? We put that question to our Playful Parenting Programme Specialist, Aaron Morris. Here’s what he had to say.