The benefits of play include improved academics, school adjustment, social adjustment, and emotional development, enhance learning readiness, learning behaviors and problem solving skills. Additionally, play has been well documented to improve a child's creativity, develop their imagination, dexterity, physical, emotional and cognitive abilities. Play is a child's training ground to experiment with new skills, gain mastery and build confidence.
The next time you are having a difficult time relating to or understanding your child - try playing with them! You may just find that it reduces power struggles, helps you better understand your child, provides the safety they need to open up to you, and you may even have fun!