As a work from home parent with a child or children at home, sometimes you just need to buy a little extra time by use of independent play activities. My husband and I knew from the beginning we wanted to teach and encourage independent play with our child. Not only is it beneficial for the child’s development, but it’s a helpful skill when the supervising parent needs to work from home… or just needs a break from playing Candy Land for the fourth time in a day.
What is independent play?
Independent play is when a child is engrossed in an activity without the need for an adult to participate, help, or watch. It does not mean leave your child alone unsupervised, rather, take a step back, don’t interrupt or interject with questions or directives.