Do you feel you and your kids are living in different zones? Do you realize that you are short of time to connect with your growing kids like you used to? And you seriously want to do something about it to strengthen the magical bond between you and your kids despite of all those hectic schedules, household chores, hobby classes, extra curricular activities of kids, social obligations and so on.
Here are easy steps to EMPOWER your bond with your growing kids:
Five minute wonder: Even five minutes of one-to-one talking with your kid daily can be so refreshing for both of you and it's not that difficult to trace those moments. You can have a light conversation with your child when you drop her or pick up from school. Else if she is going for a hobby class or for a regular doctor visit, simply inquire about her progress or about her day, will allow her to open up with you. To make it more special, give her a nice hug when you meet her after her school and you can see the renewed connection.
Leave notes for kids: Whenever you feel you won't be able to find time to connect with them, ensure that your absence does not sadden them. Make notes with cute messages, inspiring words which will warm their hearts and place them on their study table, bed or on the door. In case, your growing child has mobile phone then you can share messages and stay in touch.
Wish list: Ask your kids to prepare a list that they want to do with you which probably, they have missed doing with you lately. Prepare your own list as well and compare. Most probably, you will find a couple of things common between theirs' and yours' lists. It can be playing board game with you, reading out story or even making a dish together in kitchen.
Timer, please: Now this one is interesting to quickly steal some moments. You have a couple of tasks to complete and your daughter wants to play with you. What you can do is to set a timer of say 15 minutes in which you would complete a set of tasks and your kid will finish her tasks as well. Play some good music, set the timer and start executing your tasks. It will be a great way to encourage kids to finish their work and enjoy together.
Share your thoughts: Make it a point to share any incident or funny thought with your kid daily. Crack a joke, narrate your childhood memories or may be discuss things happening around- that's an interesting way to connect with your kid and understand what's going in his mind and his life.
Lend your ears patiently: No matter how important is your email or how boring the incident is for you, listen out to him as whatever he is sharing is important for him and even more important is the person to whom he is sharing. Your patience of few moments can earn you the bond of lifetime!
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Practice gratitude at home: Take a moment to thank your children for keeping things back at their place, for making their beds or anything else even if its very little. It makes a lot of difference for them as you acknowledge their contribution and their efforts. In addition, you can see the same habit being infused in them naturally.
Monthly affair: Frequent outings with kids may be a difficult thing to plan but you can ensure once a month fun filled day in any form. It can be watching movie together, camping in the backyard, traveling, playing under the sun, shopping together, or anything else that gives a chance to have exclusive time with kids.