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Should You Set Limits for Pretend Play?

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Don't Shame Kids

Despite your discomfort, be careful in disciplining kids for play you find inappropriate. “The last thing you want to do is shame your child, because that leads boys to mask their feelings and act with false bravado,” warns William Pollack, Ph.D., author of Real Boys. Instead, ask open-ended questions and even play along to better understand your child’s perspective.