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Playfulness: Nurturing Connection with Preteens

Let's talk about a seldomly voiced topic: the significance of playing with our preteens. It's a journey that's both heartwarming and challenging, filled with moments of connection, growth, and understanding...and even bouts of doubt and misunderstandings.


As I reflect on the early years, I'm flooded with memories of building block towers, epic bouts of tag around the house and bedtime stories that transported us to magical worlds. But as my child grows into a preteen, I've come to realize that our playtime together looks a little different now. It's less about dolls and dramatic play, and more about embracing her evolving interests and passions.


One thing I've learned is the importance of meeting my child where she is. As she navigates the tumultuous waters of adolescence, it's essential to show interest in her world – whether it's discussing the latest fashion trends or jamming out to her favorite music. It's about respecting her individuality and letting her take the lead in our playtime adventures.


But it's not just about the activities we do together; it's about the moments we share. Whether we're cuddled up on the couch watching her favorite movie or engaging in deep conversations about her hopes and dreams, these moments of connection are what truly matter.


One of my favorite ways to connect with my preteen is through our shared love of music. We'll spend a full hour listening to her favorite songs, belting out lyrics like nobody's watching. It's in these moments that I feel closest to my child, as we laugh, sing, and dance our cares away. Whether it's discussing the latest fashion trends or jamming out to her favorite music. It's about respecting her individuality and letting her take the lead in our playtime adventures.


Moreover, it's crucial to embrace and encourage her new skills and hobbies. Whether she's passionate about painting, coding, or playing an instrument, providing opportunities for her to explore these interests further fosters her growth and self-expression. As parents, we must actively engage with her pursuits, showing genuine interest and enthusiasm. Cheering her on as she hones her talents not only boosts her confidence but also strengthens our bond.


And as we start on this journey through the preteen years together, I'm filled with excitement. While it may come with its challenges, I'm eager to navigate this new phase of motherhood alongside my child. Together, we'll explore growing up, embracing the changes, cherishing the moments of connection, and discovering the beauty in each new milestone.

Here's to embarking on this adventure hand in hand, embracing playfulness, nurturing connection, and savoring every moment with our preteens.


I encourage you to embrace playfulness in your relationship with your preteen. Let go of expectations and simply enjoy being present with her. Cherish the moments of laughter, the moments of connection, and the moments of pure joy. Because before you know it, she'll be all grown up, and these precious moments will become cherished memories.


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