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How to Encourage Independent Play: 25 Simple Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

girl playing independently with blocks

Does having your kids play on their own feel like some far-fetched fantasy? One of those things you read about, dream about, and talk about with your  mom friends (or hear how well it’s going for them, which makes you want to chew your arm off?). And yet it never quite seems to materialize in …

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Why Solitary Play Fails: 10 Ways You May be Cramping Your Child’s Style

Boy bending over something in the grass,playing by himself

Ahhh…the dream of solitary play. I’ll bet the idea of seeing your toddler or kindergartener playing solo, totally immersed in their own little world for a few hours a day sounds like parent heaven! (Yup, that place where you also get to eat an entire meal in one sitting, and sleep in past 6am.) Seriously, …

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What is Solitary Play & Why Do Kids Need It? 7 Vital Benefits for Developing Minds & Bodies

child playing independently on the floor

If you knew there was one thing that would fast-track child’s ultimate physical, intellectual, social and emotional wellbeing and success, you’d jump on it, right? While the parenting experts may disagree over sleep training methods and discipline strategies, the one thing they all seem to agree on is the benefits of solitary play for a …

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