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Acting the Part: How Club is Like, and Unlike, the Family
Playworkers are in a good position to free a child from a restrictive role they have adopted due to their family dynamics
ByAndrea Clifford-Poston, Liz Roberts
Pages 7

Children are never simply themselves. They carry with them all sorts of thoughts and ideas about themselves inherited from family life, particularly from their role in the family. Conflict is inevitable in families and in order to survive, all families have to find their own particular way of managing tensions. Often this is done unconsciously by family members taking on roles like “the clever one”, or “the pretty one”, for example.