The Importance Of Mother-Child Play On Child Development

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It has been well documented that parent-child play has an important influence on child development, and it is commonly used in early childhood as a predictive measure of child language development (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Early Child Care Research Network, 2000; Tamis-LeMonda, Bornstein, & Baumwell, 2001; Clarke-Stewart, Vandell, Burchinal, O’Brien, & McCartney, 2002; Tamis‐LeMonda, Shannon, Cabrera, & Lamb, 2004; Ginsburg, 2007; Tamis-LeMonda, Baumwell, & Cabrera, 2013). During their early developmental years, especially before they enter into a school setting, children receive most of their verbal stimulation in the home from their caretaker(s). It is assumed in many instances due to culturally influenced family structure, socio economic factors, and other personal contextual influences that the main caretaker in the home is the mother or female caretaker. Therefore, research over the past 60 years has mainly focused on mother-child interaction and how mother-child play supports child language acquisition/development. (Bloom, L. 1993; Bornstein,1989; Bornstein, Tamis-LeMonda, & Haynes, 1999; Tamis-LeMonda et al., 2001). Recently within the last 20 years, however, there has been a push to begin studying father-child interaction. This could be as a result of the changing family structures or societal norms; more fathers are actively involved in their young children’s daily lives or researchers realizing that fathers have always been more

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