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As your child grows, they are learning and developing social skills, including negotiation and conflict management.
Playing with others allows children to test and develop their social skills in a flexible environment. They are learning to make friends, play with others, take turns, negotiate and work as part of a team or community.
Your child is also learning to deal with emotions.
Talking to them about how they feel and asking them to think about other people’s feelings, or what ‘fair’ play is, helps guide your child’s emotional management and helps develop empathy.
As your child gets older, they will want more independence in some things they do. Support your child’s independence while developing negotiation skills by providing alternative options for your child, instead of saying no all the time.