• 4 Valuable Life Lessons Your Child Learns When He's Malikot
    Why should you let your child sweat it out when he's playing? Here are the surefire benefits he'll enjoy during active play.
  • In the age of new technology, active play has been replaced by gadgets in the comfort of the indoors. It's not difficult to see why - moms often want to protect their kids from scrapes, insect bites or sweat that they can get whenever they play. There is a common misconception that play and being malikot is bad. It can be scary for you to watch your super likot child run around with pure abandon, so most of the time, you'd rather keep him comfortably contained within four corners, with a gadget to keep him entertained.

    But the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to playtime - there are things that he won't be able to learn if he is cooped up in the house most of the time.

    Here are a couple of life lessons your child can learn every time you let him enjoy his being malikot.

    Play helps him figure out who he is.

    Stuart Brown of the Institute of Play, stated that playing helps someone discover who they are, what they like to do, and if they're good at it or not. You would notice that when your kid is already familiar with the playground, he'd usually go back to his favorite areas, therefore identifying where his strength lies.

    Moving around will keep obesity away.

    Your child loses zero calories and strengthens no muscles when he's slumped on the couch for hours, fiddling with his tablet. Sure he'll break into a sweat when he's running around or feeling the sun on his face, but it will keep him strong, healthy and fit. Before playtime starts, make sure you bathe your little one using Johnson's Active Fresh Shampoo. It has an incredible technology that repels dirt and makes sure it doesn't stick on your child's hair. You can also use Johnson's Active Fresh Bath - which helps keep your kids clean and keeps him smelling fresh. On your way out, make sure you put on some Johnson's Active Fresh Powder on your child. Johnson's Active Fresh Powder has sweat-activated capsules that burst open upon contact with sweat.

    Pretend play develops focus and self-control.

    Ellen Galinsky, Author of Mind in the Making, says that life skills like focus and self control are best learned through play.

    "Children need focus and self control in order to achieve their goals, especially in a world that is filled with distractions and information overload. It involves paying attention, remembering the rules, thinking flexibly and exercising self control."

    When your 3-year old does role playing with other kids, there's more that goes into it than just choosing the props or the costumes. He learns how to focus on the story and he learns how to control himself in order to play with the other kids.

    Playing teaches kids how to deal with challenges.

    Knowing how to deal with curveballs isn't just for when your child encounters the playground bully, it's also important when he encounters his first failing grade or his first rejection. Knowing what to do when a challenge comes his way is something he'll be able to use his whole life. You wouldn't want him just knowing how to cope or accept his fate—you would want him to accept the challenge, take it on, and come out a better person because of it. So when your toddler is faced with figuring out the new rules of a game, or climbing up the monkey bars, overlook the sweat and dirt, and focus on how he's building his self-esteem by overcoming each challenge that comes his way.

    Sweat and dirt can be washed away, but the life lessons your child will learn when he goes out to the real world will stay with him for the rest of his life. Keep his mind open for the possibilities of the things he can do by allowing him to be MALIKOT and to experience everything around him - even if it involves getting a bit sweaty.



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