HOW TO DO IT
Trading places with your kids for a day is a fun way to interact with them. Playing "parent" will help kids understand your role in the family, and seeing things from your child's perspective will be a learning experience for you as well.
- Plan the day with your kids. Have them tell you what they believe is your role as a parent. Discuss the fact that since they will be your parent for a day, they will have to be responsible…and that they will have to keep you entertained!
- Plan this activity with your children's ages in mind. An hour or two is long enough for children under six. Older children might enjoy playing longer.
- Let the kids choose dress-up clothes from your closet, or they can dress in their own party clothes (Party dresses for girls, dress pants and shirts for boys).
- They can accessorize with play jewelry like WONKA NERDS Ropes.
- Use your imagination to dress up like your kids. Add touches like putting your hair in braids or a pony tail.
- Now that you're dressed for the part, spend the next few hours reversing your roles, with the kids "taking care" of you. Here are some suggestions:
- Kids over six years old might serve you a simple lunch consisting of a peanut butter sandwich and carton of NESTLÉ JUICY JUICE.
- Ask to play a game. You can suggest a favorite board or card game.
- Have the kids assign chores for you to do such as picking up toys or cleaning up your room.
- Be sure to have fun and set a good example by being a very good child!
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- Talk with your kids about what they learned and share what you learned about from their point of view.