For some children, playing alone isn't easy
Entertaining oneself is a learned skill, and - not surprisingly - some children haven't learned it yet. Remember, these little people grew up with us making funny faces for them, waving playthings in their field of vision and rocking them to sleep!
Then suddenly (or so it seems to them) we expect them to entertain themselves. Are they afraid of being alone? Probably not. More likely, your child is afraid of being bored and isn't convinced she has the skills to prevent it.
Yes, children crave attention, so being alone can be a struggle. (And that need for attention can be just as hard on siblings as it is on parents!)
Still, playing alone is something your child has to learn to do.
A children's book about playing alone can help
My book about a child craving constant attention, How Boberto Learned to Like Being by Himself Sometimes, is a form of bibliotherapy. Bibliotherapy is the use of children's books to address children's problem behaviors.
"Boberto" is the story of a little boy who craves his parents' attention around the clock. They try to enforce "alone time," but because it's being forced on him - and because he doesn't have confidence in his ability to entertain himself - Boberto isn't able to handle it.
So Boberto's parents try a different approach: they give Boberto the right to be with them all the time, even when they're doing boring, grown-up things. When Boberto finds himself with the choice of balancing a checkbook with Dad or addressing envelopes with Mom...
He finally chooses to be by himself. And he's proud of himself for making that choice!
Boberto's story is a fun one that any child will enjoy. But I've done something else to make sure the book's message really hits home...
Illustrations are important!
The goal with a behavior book is to get your child to interact with it repeatedly. That way the book's lessons are reinforced. That's why we offer two PDF versions of Boberto...
Do we have a deal?
Read an excerpt of the playing alone book to help me decide.
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How Vansanna Learned
that Work Can Be Fun
How Timbo Learned
that Telling the Truth
Really Does Work!
How Tombo Learned
to Turn Off the TV
How Smoolie Became
How Boberto Learned to Like Being by Himself Sometimes
How Cocoona Learned to Clean Even Better Than Her Parents
How Only Baloney Got Cured of Spoiled
The Time Balooga Forgot
Other People's Feelings
How Bobo Learned
to Be Satisfied
How Sonora Got
Her Own Room Back