Monday, January 01, 2007

Day 315 - Destruction vs. Construction

Today's first time parenting tip - Encourage constructive destruction. I know that'll need an explanation.

Are you frustrated that all your baby seems to do is throw things down, knock over the buildings you build and try to rip all the pages out of his books?

Don't be. That's all my son does when he plays.

At this age, infants haven't developed the skills they need to be constructive. It's a lot easier to knock over a block tower than it is to build it. And most of the time, its a lot more fun too.

At this stage, they don't mean to destroy things to be mischievous, they do it because that's all they know how. Play with them, show them how to build things and encourage their exploration and they should grow out of it in due time.

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