Oct 26, 2017

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Playtime is a critical time for children's development, and many different kinds of play are required. Dr. Cindy Gellner is a pediatrician. How can parents encourage imaginative play for their children that also helps their development?

Dr. Gellner: Be a big kid and play. Go along with anything they come up with. And keep away from those electronics. Let them play the old-fashioned way, with dolls, and blocks, and trucks, and anything that requires them to be creative. Give them the chance to free time play all by themselves as well and with friends. Pretend play, like being a super hero, allows kids to learn problem solving and the all important skill of learning how to share. Self-control is a tough skill to learn, and pretend play helps kids practice it, as well as play out the frustration it creates.

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