Sittervising: What is it and Should You Give it a Try?

You might have heard about a new trend in parenting called “sittervising”. It calls for parents to take a hands-off approach when it comes to children’s play and let them enjoy the activities on their own.

When sittervising, parents should allow kids to find ways to entertain themselves with the toys they are provided. They shouldn’t influence their play with recommendations, instructions, or play with them. Instead, it is recommended that they simply observe and make sure that they remain safe.

Of course, there are both benefits and flaws related to sittervising. But many parents agree that the positives outweigh the negatives, and experts agree.

While some parents might feel anxiety or guilt by not taking part in a child’s play, experts say that sittervising can help kids become more independent and develop valuable skills.

“Learning to play alone is another step toward self-sufficiency, just like using the bathroom, getting dressed or tying shoes,” Emily Kline, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, told Today while discussing the topic.

Parents also can reap some benefits from sittervising. They can get some rest, enjoy a book, catch up on their favorite show, or even finish some smaller chores.

Of course, whether you give sittervising a chance is entirely up to you. Maybe try it out once and see how you and your kid feel about it. If it goes well, you can continue doing it. If not, you can always go back to your usual parenting methods.