Dr. Cindy Gellner shares some tips you can use to limit screen time and help your kids get the most out of their play time.">

Oct 20, 2017 — Playtime is critical for children’s development and a lot of different kinds are required to foster critical life skills. How can you as a parent encourage imaginative play? On today's Health Minute, pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner shares some tips you can use to limit screen time and help your kids get the most out of their play time.

Interview

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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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