This summer, use the time to bond with your child!
There is one secret ingredient to developing a solid bond with your children – spend time with them! Children remember quality time spent with their parents, no matter what the activity is. They get a little piece of their parents by spending time with them and learning from their knowledge and experiences.
All parents want the best for their children. Yet, as life gets busy, it is easy to slip into a routine where we take care of the family’s most basic needs and forget about allowing our child to develop a quality relationship with us. It is important for parents to take the time to bond with their child. Summer is a great time to do that! In order for that to happen, you need to provide opportunities for you and your child to have special time where the two of you spend time only with each other.
Find an activity that you and your child can do, consistently, together! This could be something very simple and it should fit into your daily routine. It is important that the time is uninterrupted and is used to develop a relationship and bond with your child. It is also better if you find a set time of the week when you can devote time for your child in order to provide consistency.
Reading with your child at any age is a great bonding experience. While your child is developing literacy, she will be exploring different worlds through books. The discussions after reading a book can become wonderful family teaching moments. Reading to your child at the early ages will help develop the bond between you. Choose books that gear toward your child’s interests. As it is summer, you want to engage you child to learn in a fun way. Do you need different ideas to read with your child? Check out the parent book club with music themes and developing children’s character.
Cooking and baking with your child can become a great bonding experience. Often parents feel that they need to do everything for their children. If you engage your child in preparing the family meals, the experience will be beneficial to both sides. Parents benefit from having the extra help, while children feel empowered and included in the family activities.
Building something together with your child can be one of the best ways to develop a relationship with them. This can be a great opportunity for your child to learn from your skills, or to learn new skills together. Can’t afford summer camps? How about engaging your child in crafts through a monthly subscription program? This will keep your child engaged in a positive way and it will give him plenty of opportunities to explore.
While summer is not the best time to start an activity that requires consistency, it is a great time to explore. Learning a new hobby can be a great way to provide change to your routine and to get both parents and children excited about something new. We all have activities that we wish we could try, but for which we never find the time. Maybe THIS is the time to set aside and spend with your child!
Need somebody to motivate you to exercise? Have your child help you do it! You don’t need to spend lots of money to do that! You can go on a walk, go on a hike during the weekend or explore a new part of town. Summer is the best time for you and your child to explore the outdoors. Don’t miss that time!
Follow up post: Best Summer Crafts For You and Your Child!
Maria Stefanova-Mar is the author of www.musicteachingandparenting.com
Maria is starting a new online series introducing parents to the joys of reading through music books, as well as giving parenting advice. She is a music educator/specialist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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