As a child, I remember spending hours role-playing with my dolls. I loved dressing them up and taking care of them just like my mom did with me. One of my favorite things to do was pushing them in my toy stroller. I took that thing everywhere!
Now that I’m a mom there is obviously no more pretending on my part! My three-year-old daughter, Ava, is the one doing the pretending and enacting the same role-play fun I did as a kid. From making sure all her babies needs are met to reassuring them everything is okay, I love seeing her use imagination to imitate real life. I truly believe imitating real life is an important part of early cognitive development. Role-playing helps young children learn how to care while developing independence.