It’s a fact – kids who are more connected with their parents are more likely to become more emotionally intelligent, confident and balanced when they are older. Numerous studies support the idea of connection and confidence in later life.
So here’s 5 ways to build a deeper connection with your child!
The power of love
The more you love your child, the more confident they become. Love means plenty of hugs and kisses! Make a habit of hugging your kids as much as possible on a daily basis. For example, first thing in the morning, when they come home from school, before they go to bed and also when your kids do something good or when they are feeling sad. Use EVERY opportunity to hug them and tell them you love them!
Make time to talk
It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily routine of life and not really take time out to talk. Put aside at LEAST 20 minutes of quality time for each child as one-on-one time. Turn off the TV; switch off your mobile devices and sit and talk. It’s usually easiest to do this just before bed, but whatever time works for you is great!
Play with your kids
Don’t rely on kids entertaining and playing amongst themselves! Having fun with your kids gives you a chance to relax and show your kids you care enough to step away from your own world and come into theirs! Laughing and having fun with your kids will also help to reduce your own stress levels too.
Enjoy the small things
As kids grow older, they won’t care as much about the things you bought them. They’ll only care for the time you invested in them. During the day, delight in the small things like sharing food, smile at each other, have a secret handshake etc. All these ‘small things’ mean so much to your kids!
Give your kids importance
Once a week, have a day where you cook your children’s favourite things, bake treats together, go to the park and just connect as a family. You’ll be building precious memories for life, but you’ll also be showing them how important they are to you. You will also be teaching them how valuable giving time to loved ones is and that money isn’t the answer to making people happy.