6 Activities to Strengthen Your Parent-Child Relationship

February 25, 2020

Nothing quite prepares anyone for the role of being a parent. Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world. And because it doesn’t come with a manual, we just try the best we can to be the best parent and raise responsible and successful individuals. 

To make that happen, cultivating a close relationship with your children is paramount. A healthy parent-child relationship is important in making your parenting journey easier.

Children who are more connected to their parents are more likely to develop healthy relationships with peers and other people around them. This connection also is key in making kids want to cooperate and follow their parents’ lead.

If you invest a significant amount of time reprimanding or correcting your child’s behavior, be sure to spend just as much time building a connection with them.

Follow these simple tips to help you further strengthen your parent-child relationship.

Make time for physical connections

People need hugs every day. Hugs are therapeutic. Make it a habit to connect with your child by making time for some snuggling.

Take time to hug them in the morning as soon as they get up from bed and before they sleep at night. Hug when you drop them off at school and when they get home after school. Make use of every opportunity to give them a comforting kind of touch like a pat on the back or rub on their shoulders.

Sometimes, kids don’t really need words. They just need nonverbal forms of affection and security and these gestures are enough.

Remind them they are loved

No matter their age, children need constant assurance that they are loved.

Yes, you love your kids so much that you do everything to give them a comfortable and happy life. But they need verbal affirmations, too. They need to hear they are loved unconditionally.

Always tell your children you love them despite any misunderstanding, disagreements, or fights. Make sure that you communicate your love by saying “I love you” every chance you get. These simple words can go a long way.

Make time for playtime

Who says playing is exclusive to kids? One excellent way to strengthen your bond with your little one is by playing with them. 

Whether you play video games, board games, or with their favorite toys, what’s important is that you dedicate time out of your day to have fun with them and give them the undivided attention they deserve.

And after all, it’s really nice to feel like a child again, right?

Get rid of distractions

Because we live in a world dominated by technology, it’s easy to get distracted by an email notification, a phone call, a text message or a chat from a friend.

However, when spending time with your child, it’s extremely important to give them your full attention.

Set aside your mobile phone or laptop and turn off the TV when interacting with them. Listen attentively and make sure they feel they have your undivided attention.

Doing this will make your little one feel comfortable to open up, share and connect with you. 

Get them involved

As parents, you want to make your child’s life as comfortable and as easy as possible. However, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on the opportunities to bond with them and teach them new skills because we refuse to get them involved.

Allow your child to help out with simple tasks and chores at home. From putting away groceries to setting the table, there are many things young kids can help out with if they’re given the chance.

Not only does this offer a perfect opportunity for you to strengthen your parent-child relationship but it’s also a good way to teach them important life skills.

Learn to empathize

It is natural for children to misbehave. Regulating their emotions isn’t something that comes easy for them.

So when they throw tantrums or exhibit aggressive behavior, make sure your little one doesn’t feel that they are the enemy. If there’s one thing they need at this point, it’s to feel that they are understood.

You can only make them feel that when you listen and empathize with them.

Even if they did something wrong, hear their side of things and look for win-win solutions.

The importance of a healthy parent-child relationship in raising good and successful children cannot be discounted. Follow these tips and build these daily habits of connection to help you strengthen your bond with your little one and make your parenting journey worthwhile.

For more helpful parenting tips or if you’re looking for the best preschool for your little one, please visit the Everley Rose Center.

 

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