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Parenting with Cthulhu

I recently discovered something of great awesomeness. It is an example of excellent, involved parenting along with animated Cthulhu monsters made out of carrots, fighting Sith ships made out of lego.

It is my opinion that parents should be involved in their kid’s play. It sounds obvious, but go to any gathering of parents and you’ll find the majority of parents hanging out with other parents chatting, and the kids happily distracted with other children, and never (or hardly ever) the twain shall meet. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that – having the opportunity for your kids to play with other kids, giving you a bit of much needed time off is necessary and wonderful. But so is actually getting down and playing on your kids level. When an adult plays kids games they legitimate the child’s experience, energise their games, develop their minds.

It’s also important to challenge your kids, to make creative things together, to play in a way that teaches skills and aptitudes. And this clip exemplifies this kind of parenting. Consider the following, and remember that it’s a creation of a father and his 3 kids, aged 6, 3 and 3. Leading the creative process, maintaining their interest in a project like this over a period of 2 hours or so is a wonderful lesson in the rewards of labour and follow-through in the pursuit of a creative goal.

Did I mention there’s an animated carrot Cthulhu? And Sith made out of lego?



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