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Looking for some easy ways to connect with your children? I’ve got 10 simple things you can do to help your child feel totally loved. These small actions will make a HUGE difference. It’s time to build those strong family relationships! Includes a free e-book.
I held my squiggly 3-year old on my lap. We were at a wedding and he was fidgeting. I hugged him gently and I whispered into his ear
“I am so lucky to be your mum.” My son stopped fidgeting, leaned into my hug and relaxed.
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.
I found there were so many chances if I would just reach out and take them:
- Putting aside the to do list to read one more story with my youngest.
- Helping my middle child find the right pebble to carry home.
- Cheering on the oldest as he found the courage to climb up the slide.
- Bookending my kids days with hugs in the morning and evening.
I wanted to embrace more of these opportunities
Fortunately these moments of connection don’t always have to take a lot of time or energy. They don’t 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 help your child feel totally loved
- 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 15 minutes and play with them.
Children need daily love deposits
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.[yellowbox]Our newsletter subscribers can get the book for free from the library. Just sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, you should have received an email directing you how to access all of our free subscriber-only freebies.[/yellowbox]
A helpful resourceThese play activities don’t take all day, in fact they are designed to last about 15 minutes. Recent studies show that as little as 12 minutes of one on one time with your kids makes a huge difference.
Now it’s Your Turn
How do you create small moments of connection with your family? What would you add to the list?