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Every family is different. Children benefit from many different styles of parenting, whether that comes from a mum or dad, aunts and uncles, grandparents, or family friends.
Often Dads or other male adults enjoy more physical play with children, with a bit of rough and tumble, and a lot of laughs. Kids usually love it, and we know that it's good for child and adult. A male adult in a child's life can add social, personal, language and physical benefits. Have a look at this video and article from RTE on taking on the role of Dad.
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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