6 Top tips to help you deal with your child

Read these 6 top tips from Susanne Hugo, MySmartKid’s occupational therapist that will help you understand and relate to your child a little better!

Expect Frustration

  1. It’s not uncommon for your child to sometimes get frustrated when doing an activity. One reason for this is that, while they know what they want to do, they may not always know how to do it. So always try to guide your child gently and remember to only guide them, not do it for them.

Concentration

  1. Good news: Your little one should now be able to concentrate on an activity for at least 15 minutes and keep themselves occupied for around an hour. Just keep this in mind when choosing activities for them and let them play without disturbance.

Role play

  1. Role playing also becomes much more fun at this age, and it’s something you can do when trying to teach your child a new skill. Or you can use it when you need to encourage them to do something they don’t necessary want to do, like bathing. Try getting your little tot to role play in the bath by imagining they are a fish or a shark.

Arts and Crafts

  1. Arts and crafts get really fun! So start collecting all those old loo rolls, scrap paper and cotton wool and give them to your child to play with. You’ll love seeing what they can create – and it’ll keep them busy for ages too.

Rules of the game

  1. Now is definitely the right time to start teaching your child about rules and authority. At this age they perceive it as something very important, so you can also try playing more ‘rule-based’ games.

Keep it simple

  1. Keep in mind that your child won’t be able to follow simultaneous, or too complex, instructions at this stage. So rather choose simpler tasks and activities that don’t need too much explaining.

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