Ah those sweet moments of connection with our children that make our hearts melt. They make all the hard work of parenting worthwhile don’t they?
One of the best things about living in a family is that you get many, many opportunities to build those family relationships and connect with your kids on a daily basis.
Fortunately these moments of connection don’t always have to take a lot of time or energy; neither do they have to be extravagant gestures. In fact some of the simplest actions can be really effective at strengthening relationship.
The trick is being mindful of the opportunities that come your way, so that when they do you can take advantage of them.
10 simple ways to connect with your kids today
- Catch your child’s eye and wink at them. (This is great thing to do if you are with a large group of people.)
- Tell your child you love them.
- Tell your child one thing you really like about him or her.
- Each morning great them with a smile, a hug, and a word of affirmation.
- Share a snack together.
- Blow them a kiss.
- Give them a hug.
- Pretend to catch their kiss and hold it against your heart.
- Laugh at their jokes.
- Stop for a few minutes and play with them.
Children need daily love deposits
Now I’m not saying that these things can replace quality time spent with your family.
Children need to spend LOTS of time enjoying life WITH you and that does require a regular time commitment.
But these small simple actions are a good place to start and will make a big difference. They are small love deposits into your child’s heart and memories.
Over time they will slowly add up and send the message that you love them to pieces.
Then on those days when you have nothing left to give you can rest easy. You’ll have enough moments of connection banked to see you through this moment of exhaustion.
A little gift for you
I’ve gathered together 14 ways of connecting with your kids into a mini eBook for you. I’ve kept these activities really simple, so you can easily incorporate them into your every day life.
Now it’s Your Turn
How do you create small moments of connection with your family? What would you add to the list?