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Like so many other things in life, children need to be taught some ground rules, when it comes to playing with others. Though most kids like to play in a group, they have to be gently guided into the rules of playing as a team. Here are some simple tips that you can use to guide your child- this will help him or her to learn that playing within the framework of rules can actually be fun!
Like adults, children too go through stress at play! In their anxiety to please their parents and teachers, they sometimes overly stretch themselves to win at games, just to gain the approval of adults or peers. This is what is called Negative stress builders- make sure your child does not play with his friends with the ambition to win always. Teach him gently that winning is not everything, losing is a part of the game and it should not stress him out.
Play in any form can prove to be a great teacher for your child. The main objective of any kind of play or game or sport is to have fun- you can be a great source of guidance for your child- he can realize early that winning or losing is just a part of the game- life is after all a sport, and when he is at it, it is fun to keep some ground rules in mind!