Simple Ways To Bond With Your Children

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sometimes lives are busy and we are moving in different directions at the speed of sound that we can often feel disconnected from our children. We may be burdened by the pressures of work, and your kids may have so many after school activities that it's a wonder you ever see each other at all. Even when you are all at home together, they may spend more time on their tablets and smartphones, and the only way you can successfully communicate with them is to text them to let them know that dinner is ready. Can you relate? I certainly can.  Here are some simple ways to unplug and bond with your children.

Get out of the house
Not only should you get out of the house, but you should also get as far away from sources of wi-fi as you can. This way, they won’t be tempted to bring their electronic devices with them. Of course, your kids may complain about being dragged away from the sofa, so make sure it is something they'll enjoy doing or ask them what activity they'd like to do. Go to a theme park and enjoy an adrenaline rush together. My youngest daughter and I love to hike somewhere scenic, and spend time in a place with relatively few distractions to talk, and enjoy each other’s company. However, if the idea of going for a walk is enough to give your kids a nervous rash, go for a bike ride instead. A bike ride ensure that they won't be on their phones since they'll need their hands to steer the bike. Check out this website to choose your bike and find something suitable for each of you.

Have one-on-one time
This is easy if you have only one child, but tricky if you have more than one. The problem with having a larger family is that one person will invariably feel left out, or you may not have enough time to give quality time to each child. Of course, spending time with one child over another may cause arguments, so be sure to make time for each of your children. When you are together, do something they enjoy doing, and ensure there is plenty of time for fun and conversation. They may appreciate quality time alone with you, and you will have a better opportunity to get to know what is going on with your child when they are away from siblings.

Be creative
There are loads of educational activities you can do with your kids, but you don’t want to make your special time with your child feel too much like school. However, having the opportunity to create something together will give you all a sense of achievement, and create a wonderful opportunity for bonding. You might want to take a cooking class or a pottery class or get crafty with wood
and build something from scratch. Find something that they are interested in that will expand their knowledge while you enjoy each other’s company.

Enjoy the time you have with your children, and create some memories you can all relive together.

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