A Child’s Play (Not Chucky’s)

It’s weekend once again which means more bonding moments with our little one. It’s the time of the week where I get the chance to breastfeed her more often, put her to sleep after each tiring playtime – which also makes me fall asleep most of the time, acting as her playmate, and many more things a working mom do to compensate the hours missed with her baby during weekdays.

My baby is already on her 15th month and she’s literally unstoppable. She never gets tired exploring the unfamiliar things around her, especially now that she can walk on her own. Kids at this age are prone to stumbling and tripping because they are just beginning to refine their balance and confidence. So, parents and caregivers should always keep an eye on their little ones in order to avoid injuries. When Raffy starts playing, she never stays in one place. Instead, she would wander around the house: from the bedroom to living room even up to the kitchen, while we follow her lead, ensuring her safety. It is tedious I tell you, not the mention the mess that you need to pick up later,  but  it’s just so fulfilling to see her developing various skills, such as creativity, socialization and more through play. I’ve read from a parenting magazine that play is the work of the children while cleaning up the mess after seems to be the work of the parents. I definitely agree and I believe the crucial role of play in every developing child.

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I knew it. It’s a telescope, Mommy!

On Raffy’s case, I don’t limit her playtime inside the house. I try to introduce her to the wonders of the outdoors. She gets excited whenever she sees birds and butterflies. Now that Raffy is growing up so fast, she tends to get bored of her plush and plastic toys. Sometimes she would ask us to open the fridge and touch just anything that caught her curious attention; from a bottle of soda to a pack of fresh tomatoes. Raffy also loves to play dressing up (over-sized version) with our clothes, shoes or bags. Her most favorite wardrobe is my office uniform. One afternoon, she kept on pointing on my uniform saying, “mommy mommy” while lifting her other foot up (that’s her way of saying “dress me up with this/that please”).

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Looks so cute on her, though.

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The “kikay” in her.

Play is just one of the countless things in nurturing our child’s brain, motor, and social development. As parents, we are not just our babies’ trusted playmates but we are the first and the best teachers our children could ever have. Practice quality play time with your babies and incorporate different techniques to make every play time even more rewarding.

Next time, we’ll pay a visit to a mini zoo somewhere.

Trivia: Child’s Play –  an idiomatic expression which means something very easy to do.

(source: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/child’s+play)

Forget about Chucky, I’m not a fan.

PS: It is no child’s play to raise a kid, but it’s loaded with fun!

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