— For Parents
Suggestions for parents when learning the skill of Role-Playing
Many parents are uncomfortable with Role-Playing at first. It’s normal! Consider all the times that Role-Playing happens comfortably. Sports for instance: When learning a skill, athletes will talk about it, watch a coach or peer demonstrate it, and then try it out themselves over and over until they’re able to do it correctly. Parents that act confident in a Role-Play are more likely to have their child participate willingly.
Remain calm and know your limits. If you or your child are getting frustrated, it’s okay to take a break and come back when you have both calmed down. Role-Playing when upset or angry will just make both you and your child hate Role-Playing.
If you’re struggling with Role-Play education, then let it be silly, laugh at yourself, or make the scenario more playful. This will help put you and your child at ease. Kids also are more able to learn through play, making fun Role-Plays more effective.
As you use Role-Plays and they become a part of everyday life, you’ll notice your children will begin Role-Playing situations without your prompting. Or even asking for you to Role-Play with them for things they’re nervous about, like job interviews or the first day of school.
Role-Playing at a neutral time is a great way to deal with conflict resolution.
Remember to download the Steps of Role-Playing and hang it somewhere visible for easy reference. When you have that constant reminder, you’re more likely to do it.
Set goals, like 1 Role-Play per day or Role-Playing whenever you’re in the car together. This will help you follow through and be proactive about changing behaviors.