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Every family is different and has different needs and challenges to overcome. It’s easy to get hung up on the idea of being the perfect parent when it to comes to making sure that your child gets the best education possible. 


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The Importance of Fun


However, one thing that every family needs is fun. True, your children need to learn, but as a parent, your job is also to make sure that they’re happy, healthy, and safe. Juggling all of these things can lead to burnout if you’re not careful, and children and parents alike can suffer. 

One thing that can help is to let fun sometimes be the focus. Children learn in a variety of ways, but one of the best ways to teach them is through fun. Playing, for example, is a great way for children to develop their imagination, social skills, motor skills, and other skills that will help them as they grow up. 

So, as a parent, you can help your child to learn while having a good time by integrating play into your teaching.

Toddlers and Small Children


Very young children will get the lion’s share of their learning at home, through playing and exploring the world around them. You can also use playtime to learn more about your child. Their strengths and personality traits start to develop from a young age, and the more time you spend with them, the more you’ll learn.

Every child is unique, whether they’re neurodivergent or otherwise. They will be interested in different games and activities. For example, some children are more interested in drawing or creative games. Others might prefer playing with blocks. Some children play on their own, while others gravitate toward groups.

It’s important to encourage children to play in a variety of ways, and they will naturally want to try out different ways to have fun. However, you should find a balance between allowing your child to focus on the things they prefer and encouraging different types of play. 

Older Children


Many people are well aware that young children and toddlers learn primarily through play, but this doesn’t have to go away as your children get older. Whether your children are home educated or sent to school, you still have a responsibility to teach them as a parent.

But you can also make sure that this teaching is fun. For example, most children (even teenagers and, let’s be honest, some adults) love stickers. You can print your own stickers to make studying far more fun for your children, rewarding good behavior or good study habits. You can even integrate them into the learning process.

As well as making sure your children get a good formal education, you should also teach them practical skills such as cooking for good financial practices. Use this as an opportunity to spend time with your children and remember to make it fun. 

For example, teach them how to cook recipes they enjoy before moving on to different dishes. This will help them see the benefits of what they’re learning first-hand. 

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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