With the hustle and bustle of work, household upkeep, homework, and other everyday stuff, your kids can get lost in the hubbub. Which can lead to a strain in your relationship, as well as a behavioral issue in your children. Showing an interest in your kiddos, even for a few minutes a day, can help you create and keep a positive, awesome relationship with your children. So, here are a few ways you can take an interest in your kids and their everyday lives.
Hold Genuine, Honest, Attentive Conversations with Your Children
This could be reserved for dinner, or after-school conversation, if you like—but genuine, honest, attentive talks are the bread and butter of bonding time with your kids. Ask questions, such as how their day was, or how school went, and hold their attention with genuine answers back. Or, gear your conversation more towards their passions and hobbies. For instance, you could ask your artsy girlie about her latest project, or you could delve into football with your sports fanatic.
Know When Privacy is a MUST [bad days, etc.]
When your kids obviously need space, let them know that you are available to talk—but give them their privacy otherwise. Perhaps fix them a snack, offer them a hug and ruffle of the hair, and leave them to do something they love, like play video games, read a book, or watch cartoons.
Volunteer Together, as a Family, to Encourage Their Compassion and Kindness
Volunteering is a surefire way to bring out the kindness and compassion of others, especially your children. So, as a family, serve up soups to the homeless at a food bank, learn the importance of e-waste recycling Toronto, sort through old clothes and toys at a women’s and children’s shelter, or volunteer to clean kennels and play with pups at an animal shelter. Volunteering to help others helps your children become better, compassionate, well-rounded, and helpful individuals.
Solidify your role, to your children and yourself, as a great parent by simply being attentive and there for your kids. Trust in the fact that they will let you know if they feel neglected, un-bonded, or strained in your family relationship.