Your children are your everything, but unless you spend time to bond with them, you can quickly lose that relationship. Working hard to provide for them is a noble and important goal, but unless you find ways to spend time with them and get to know them as they grow and develop, you will not only lose out on their childhood, but it will be an uphill battle to reconnect. Bonding doesn’t have to be difficult, either, it can be as simple as:
- Doing Chores Together
For parents who seem to do nothing but clean up after work, stop. There is also no point in getting frustrated and forcing your children to clean up and do their chores by themselves, either. Both of these options mean that you two are not spending time together. Instead, do them together. Not only can you teach them how to clean and other important life skills, sharing in this responsibility creates a kinship and a bond. You are also more than able to talk about your days and stay updated with your child’s life.
- Teaching Them How to Cook
Another daily activity that you cannot avoid is cooking. Eating out all the time is unhealthy and expensive, as is eating only microwavable meals. Cooking with your children can be a very fun and very rewarding way to spend time together. You will teach them a key skill many young adults don’t have, the value of nutrition and how to eat healthy, and, of course, you will be spending time together. The earlier you start, the more normal these two activities will be in their lives, and the more time you can spend together and get to know one another.
- Treat Them to Days Out
Every once in awhile, surprise them. While spending daily quality time together is great to bond, you also want to be there for some of their biggest moments, rather than hear about them after the fact. Take them to their first sport’s game, or their first concert or any kind of event and click here for the tickets. You will be there for a milestone in their lives, and you’ll both have beautiful memories to take with you.
- Learn Something New Together
It can be hard to instil a love of learning in children, especially if the way they learn doesn’t fit in with the school’s curriculum. Learning together, however, can do that. Children need to know that adults don’t have all the answers, and that it is okay and fun to learn new things all the time. This could be done by reading together, or by taking a class together or even just by visiting a new place as a family.
Bonding doesn’t have to be a big activity. You create a relationship with your child just by being there. Big days can give them memories that will last a lifetime, but it is only when combined with the quiet, everyday moments that you truly build an unbreakable bond with your children.