Bonding with your child allows for emotional and psychological closeness between parents and their child. These experiences lead to healthy relationships for children in the earliest years of life. Due to these experiences at critical times, the brain parts responsible for attachment develop normally. Therefore, the importance of forging these bonds are crucial.
Here are five simple ways to bond with your child as they grow.
1. Morning and bedtime snuggles
Physical contact with children is very important in the bonding process. So,developing a special routine of daily loving contact to start and end the day will help our kids to get used to and enjoy loving parental contact.
2. Breaking down days
As our children get older, it’s very important to discuss their days with them. As a result, this habit will help with social development. Most importantly, doing this can help them deal with their daily challenges and brainstorm ways to combat any problems.
3. Weekly family night
This is my absolute favorite. Board games encourage more interpersonal interaction. Another activity could be a movie night. The intention is to choose any activity that the entire family can participate in and enjoy. For that reason, these simple activities forge bonds that kids remember for life.
4. Parent & child date
This involves setting aside a special time for individual activity with your child. Likewise, it can be as simple as an ice cream date or even twin pedicures. The important thing is sharing an activity together.
5. Family book club
Sharing interests is good. There can be input from each family member, allowing for incorporation of different genres. Book club discussions would definitely give a new twist to game night.
The methods or activities that we choose to bond with our children isn’t as important as making sure that we actually bond with them. The time is not only precious and fleeting, it’s crucial for their total development.