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Taking Turns

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Taking Turns

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Some children find it difficult to let others take turns in games, or in other activities, and want to get in first every time.  When you play with your child, get them used to the language of turn-taking. For instance, say"first it is my go, and then it is your go" or "your turn now", "my turn now".  Their patience will build with practice, and by understanding that the game works better when everyone has their turn. 

If you would like to read more on how to encourage your child to take turns, here's a useful article from Day2DayParenting. Scroll down the page to "Turn taking games". 

  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.

  • How can I do more?

    Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too. 

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