In all the hustle and bustle of working a job, maintaining a home, and raising a child, we sometimes forget to bond directly with our children. Keeping them safe and healthy is certainly important, but so is their emotional and intellectual well-being. If we build a positive relationship with our children early in their lives, other obstacles down the road (like sharing toys, bedtimes, homework, and curfews) will be easier to conquer.
1. Create rituals.
Children are used to routines. Parents create them all the time from the day their born. After a while, children draw comfort from them. Insert moments of quality time into their daily routine and stick to it. You could sing a special song right before bedtime, set a family game night, or serve animal-shaped pancakes on Saturday morning. Toddlers are going through big changes, so those secure, predictable moments with mom or dad can mean a lot.
2. Spend some one-on-one time.
You can make your child feel special by spending some regular time with just her. Focus your attention entirely on her for a while. Actively play a game or just be silly. Take her to the park or out to dinner. If you have multiple children, each parent should set a date with each child to do something fun and meaningful. Create a positive memory that she’ll always associate with you.
3. Touch your child often.
Touch is extremely important for infants, but still helpful as your children grow older. Hug your child whenever you can and hold her hand. Sit close on the couch or pull her into your lap. Even roughhousing can be an effective form of physical contact.
4. Bond over books.
You can spend quality time together and develop a love of books by reading. At first, use large, colorful books with lots of pictures to grab her attention. Read aloud to her and make silly (or scary) voices. As she gets older you can incorporate more difficult books and engage her by asking questions about what she just learned or what she thinks will happen next.
5. Be her friend.
Your toddler is still at that age where you are her entire world. You’re her best friend for now, so take advantage of it. Talk to her like your friend. Tell her about your day, what happened at work, or your goals. She won’t offer much adult conversation, but she’ll be sympathetic and encouraging. Show some vulnerability and remind your child that you’re human too.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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