Has texting replaced talking or has yelling at your kids become more common than playing with them? Granted, life can be busy, but being in constant ‘disconnect’ is unhealthy and can really have a negative impact on all members of the family.
Instead, find creative ways to reconnect and grow your relationship.
Here are some of my favourite ways to connect with the young people in my life…
Take Your Kids on a Date
We typically schedule dates with our spouses, so why not our kids? Carve out some one-on-one time, take them out to breakfast, lunch and a matinee, or be game to try an activity of their choosing.
Share an Adrenaline Rush
Want to really bond with your kids? How about taking them bungie jumping, zip lining, or white water rafting? A little too adventurous for you, how about go carting, bumper cars or horseback riding? The key is to get your heart racing with an exciting activity.
End the Day with a Snuggle and a Chat
Bedtime is often the best time of the day to catch up. Create a one-on-one night time ritual with each of your kids. You can encourage conversation with questions like ‘What’s the best, worst or silliest thing that happened to you today?’ If you child isn’t too talkative, that’s okay. Just having you present and available to snuggle and listen can mean the world to a child.
I'd love to hear about some of the ways you enjoy connecting with your kids, grandchildren or nieces and nephews.
I welcome your comments below.