10 Fun Ways to Connect With Your Child
Finding fun and easy ways of connecting with your child/ren makes for a peaceful day for all. Following are 10 fun ways of connecting with your kids. If you have other ideas, please feel free to share. I’d love to hear what works for you and your family.
1. Serve the food you give to them in a
fun and creative way.
Make a face with the fruit they are having for breakfast or a snack. Or cut their sandwich in the shape of a star. Or put a small amount of vanilla ice cream on their oatmeal or cereal instead of milk and sugar.
2. Put a couple of your child's favorite books in the car.
Having something new to do on the ride to school or to the market
gives a new focus to the moment.
3. Put a note in your child's lunch box or her suitcase if she is going away overnight.
When your child sees something from you, even if it is something as simple as a smiley face, when they are away from home, it gives them “warm fuzzies”.
4. Take a trip to the library and pick out
many books to bring home.
At times children love to have an abundance of something new.
5. Find a time when you have 10 minutes and do something with your child just for fun!
Read a book! Pick some flowers! Play with the dog.
6. When moving from one activity to another,
prepare your child for the transition.
For example if they are playing before their usual bed time tell your child that they have 5 minutes more to play before bedtime. This prepares them for the change. They appreciate having time to finish their play.
7. Offer your child choices.
If you have pears and apples for breakfast, give them a choice. There are so many areas where a child feels she or he has so little input as to what happens in their day that being able to make a choice, no matter how simple, is truly appreciated.
8. Work with your child to organize his clothes.
This is another area where giving your child a choice can turn what otherwise might be a chore into a positive experience. Thus when your child's closet or drawers need to be cleared and cleaned out, work with your child to decide what is too small for them and should be given away. In addition, give her the choice if she wants her pants in the bottom drawer or the top drawer.
9. Leave your child a note by your child's bed after he/she is asleep.
This was one of my children's favorite things. I'd use 3x5 cards and draw a happy face on it or write a little note. They so enjoyed waking in the morning and seeing the card.
10. Send your child warm thought before your go to bed.
Sending your child happy and warm good night wishes, is like wrapping them in a blanket of LOVE! Thoughts can be felt.
Sharon Ann Wikoff is a credentialed teacher and is passionate about listening to children. She offers a variety of teleclasses for parents, which can be viewed at www.SharonAnnWikoff.com In addition, she has hosted the Voice of Change, radio program since 2009. All archived programs can be heard at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/VoiceOfChange