Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child
The bond between you and your child can never be ‘too strong’ – and if you’re actively looking for new ways and tested out methods that can fortify your connection even more, then make sure you integrate the next few tips in your daily life.
Touch, Hug and Cuddle Your Child at Least 10 Times Each Day
Kids need at least 4 positive interactions with their parents in order to feel safe and loved after a single negative interaction occurs – but the good news is, you can count on endless hugs to provide said positive reinforcement. Physical interaction is one of the most vital elements of a healthy parent-child connection – and studies have shown that little ones blossom when their parents communicate their affection in physical ways, from kisses to cuddles and from lots and lots of hugs to tickling and back pats.
Make Family Dinners a Priority
In today’s busy and complex lives, eating dinner together as a family each night might seem like an ideal, albeit utopic scenario. But fact is, eating together as a family will not only strengthen the bond between you and your child, but it will also make them develop better eating habits and achieve greater academic results. If your schedules don’t allow you to eat together every night, make it a tradition to always have a long Sunday brunch together, while enjoying your breakfast or snacks together during the week as well.
Play, Play and More Play
Playing with your child is one of the best things you can do for them – since playing is the way little ones express themselves, having your attention and dedication during play time sends your child the message that you are interest in what they have to say and more than willing to listen to the products of their imagination. As a result, kids build confidence through family play time and are stimulated to use said confidence in order to express their creativity freely. Allow them to guide you into their imaginary world and you will be surprised at the amazing things you will discover about your little one.