Use of Play in Parenting and Family Groups

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Parents who play with their children are more likely to have a strong parent-child attachment. Including play in parenting and family groups can help build parent-child relationships. However, little is written about how to include play in existing protocols for parenting and family groups. This article explores how a multi-family group used playful activities to build client engagement, scaffold parent skills in using play, and increase parents’ willingness to play with their children at home. It concludes by providing a list of play activities which can be easily integrated into parenting and family groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-307
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Work with Groups
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017

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  • family groups
  • parenting
  • Parenting groups
  • play


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