With recent schools closures, social distancing, and quarantining at home, the events of the past two weeks have definitely been a struggle for all of us. Families are trying to find stability in this new normal, especially for their children. Many of us at the Paradise Galleries team are parents of young children, and we know how crucial it is to find balance for our kids in a world that is rapidly changing.
With children staying home and trying to find ways to keep occupied without the companionship of their friends and classmates, and the surety of their regular routines, it is so important, now more than ever, for them to find comfort in play. Play has always been a focal point for the development of children, and playing with reborn dolls in particular has been proven to have many benefits for a child’s social and cognitive growth. Here are a few ways that dolls can help support our children during this time.
1. Building Social Skills
Kids who are in the early stages of developing their social skills with their peers can continue to re-enact situations and conversations in their pretend play with their dolls. With their imagination, kids can create scenarios and play different characters, which allows them to develop empathy and learn what it’s like to see things from a different perspective. Understanding this is so important for a child to develop lifelong communication skills.
Our Swaddlers are the perfect companions for little ones!
Tall Dreams love when kids feed her!
2. Learning Responsibility
Kids who play with dolls learn to care and nurture others, and focus on the well-being of those around them. When children change the diapers and clothes of their reborn dolls, feed them, soothe them with their pacifiers, etc., they are re-enacting the nurturing relationship between parents and children, which allows them to see themselves in a new role. Children who have little siblings or siblings on the way can greatly benefit from practicing taking care of others with their reborn dolls and understanding responsibility.
3. Developing Their Communication
At a time when kids are confused and are trying to understand the world around them, they sometimes don’t know how to express themselves to the people in their lives. Dolls can be an incredible support for “listening” to children tell them how they feel. Kids can practice using words and phrases that they are still learning with their reborn dolls, and have their dolls as an outlet to articulate their emotions.
Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My! is always there for kids when they need to talk
Kids love these 12-inch preemie Bitsy Babies!
4. Building Their Imagination
When children develop their imagination at a young age and create fantasies, they are working out ways to understand their world in a place that is safe for them to do so – in their own minds. Reborn dolls can help children use their imagination to bring their made-up stories to life, which can help greatly in building their problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
5. Getting a Good Night's Rest
With changes to their routine and activity levels, it is so important for children to maintain their regular sleep schedule to help with their moods and overall health. Our reborn Sleeping Tall Dreams doll has a battery-operated heart-beat that can help children fall asleep!
As family physician Dr. Roshan Mahtani, MD from the Florida Medical Clinic says, “Dolls provide comfort and security to young children who have anxiety around bedtime, and the rhythmic pulse of the battery-operated heart-beat with this particular doll helps kids self-soothe when they hold her close”.
Sleeping Tall Dreams helps kids soothe themselves to sleep!