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These are very well the most important relationships we will ever have in this lifetime. Relationships between parents and children are wildly different than relationships with our partners, siblings, friends, and others. The parent-child bond is sacred and lasts a lifetime (you hope). If you are an active seeker of better parenting tips, check out these great ways to improve our relationship with your kids – immediately!
Spend Time Together
We are living very busy lives. Many kids don’t see their parents until dinner time and shortly after it’s time for bed. The sad truth is that many parents are so busy that they spend these valuable hours doing things that don’t involve their children – like working, browsing the phone, or watching TV. It’s important to be PRESENT in the moment with your kids and give them your undivided attention. That’s your job after all, right? No one else was put on this planet to raise them – that’s what we are for. Spending time together can be as simple as cooking a meal, talking about your day, playing a game, helping with homework, or teaching a new skill. Make time every single day for your kids to enjoy some unstructured play time, on their terms.
Perfect products for a wonderful bath time routine include:
Up&up Hair and Body Baby Wash available at target for a wonderful bath time experience.
Equate Sleep Time Bath from Walmart.com for $5.47 for a calming and relaxing bath.
CVS Baby Lotion available from CVS.com for $2.92 to keep baby’s skin soft smooth.
Share Meals Together
Eating meals together is one of the last family traditions alive among younger families. Now our work schedules, after school activities, and social lives are all interfering with this important time for families to connect. Sharing a meal every day with your kids and spouse has incredible physical and psychological benefits:
“Children who do not eat dinner with their parents at least twice per week also were 40 percent more likely to be overweight compared to those who do.”
“On the contrary, children who do eat dinner with their parents five or more days a week have less trouble with drugs and alcohol, eat healthier, show better academic performance, and report being closer with their parents than children who eat dinner with their parents less often.” Based on a study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
Do not skip this important time for you to connect with your family and catch up about your day and other family news.
Plan Fun Outings
Every weekend make an intentional effort to do something fun with your kids. Whether they tell you or not they are interested in spending time with you more often than you know. They crave a connection from you and having fun doing something stress free is a great way to give it to them. You may also learn a thing or two from your adventure!
Never under estimate the knowledge of a toddler. They are observing everything that goes on and can tell you a lot of things if you actually give them the chance to speak and express themselves. This goes for older children as well, since they may have a lot to say but cannot find an opportunity to talk about it. Give them as many opportunities as possible to share things with you. Always ask questions to get things rolling and give them an excuse to talk about the hard stuff.
Communicate Unconditional Love and Acceptance
As parents we won’t always understand or agree with our children’s decisions in life BUT it’s not our job to. Our job as parents is to facilitate a life that is true to who your children are and who they are becoming. Obviously with some guidance from us of course but let them know that you love them, regardless of their decisions. Make sure this is an intentional comment that you make often so that they really know and understand their role in your life.
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Be present in all you do with your children. This will take effort on your part to truly not think about work, life, or other affairs. This is actually quite difficult when you’re not practiced in it. Take time to re-direct your attention back to your children and the activity you are doing. Your time will be better enjoyed, less stressful, and more joyous. Practice listening to your kids, looking them in the eyes, and putting down whatever you are doing to speak with them when you can tell it’s important.
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