Tired of Playing Pretend With Your Kids? Childhood Development Experts Have Some Advice for You

As families spend more time at home together due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, parents of preschoolers have found themselves echoing a similar refrain: My kid wants to play pretend all the time. Some find it easy, others think it’s tedious, but, as parents spend more and more time in their kids’ pretend worlds, questions have popped up about what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to pretend play.



a young boy in a blue shirt: It's easy to get fatigued when you're playing the same games on a loop, but pretend play is really beneficial for kids. Here's what childhood development experts have to say.


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It’s easy to get fatigued when you’re playing the same games on a loop, but pretend play is really beneficial for kids. Here’s what childhood development experts have to say.

The good news (or not, depending on your skills at imbibing fake tea): Pretend play is enormously beneficial for kids. “A child’s imaginative and creative play is essential for the development of their social, emotional and cognitive skills, in addition to being a way to explore

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