Busy Parents and Their Kids – 5 Tips for Stronger Bonding

Bonding with Your Children – With Time on Your Side

Creating Positive Memories for Your Children via Quality Time

Modern parents are under constant pressure.

On the one hand, they’re expected to be successful and committed to their careers.

On the other hand, they need to take proper care of their children.

Crucified between two important goals, parents can easily lose sight of their kids’ upbringing. Such children are more prone to failing at school and going down the wrong lane in their later life.

That’s why we’ve put together the following seven family-bonding tips, applicable to every family.

1)     Schedule family-only time weekly

I have one important tradition in my life.

Every Wednesday afternoon, I go for a coffee to a local café with some friends of mine.

One family from my neighborhood has the same routine. They take their kids to the same place. The parents usually drink coffee and spend that time on their tablets. The kids keep running around the terrace and the surrounding area. This café doesn’t have a playground, so the children have nothing interesting to do.

What I want to say is that it’s vital for families to spend quality time together. Try to go to places that have facilities for both you and your children.

Spending time with your kids just for the sake of it is pointless. Only when you completely commit to one another will you see the results of these activities.

2)     Go outside regardless of the weather

One of the trademarks of this generation of parents is that their children don’t spend enough time outside.

Technology has advanced so much that children receive an enormous number of stimuli from an early age.

As a result, many children and teenagers are used to spending lots of hours watching TV or using gadgets.

However, parents need to introduce some activities in their lives to reach the proper balance.

Going outside in all weather conditions is a great way to show your children how beautiful the real world is.

For instance, you can visit the local park every Saturday morning and play with your children.

Moreover, you can find a nice spot in the country near your town. Today, there are many organic farms that both produce healthy food and organize weekend activities for families. It could be a real treat for children to see farm and wild animals, as well as observe the process of food production.

The more you think outside the box, the less time your little folks will be spending in front of the (TV) box.

3)     Prepare meals as a family

Speaking of food, preparing meals is one of the most interesting activities for strengthening family bonds.

It doesn’t have to be anything complicated or visually attractive.

Your toddlers can already help you knead the dough for the home-made bread. Also, they can be your personal assistants who will be giving you the ingredients while you’re preparing lunch.

For instance, you can put all the veggies on a chair and ask your toddler to keep passing them to you when you tell them to do so.

On the one hand, they’ll extend their vocabulary, which is extremely beneficial for their cognitive development.

On the other, they’ll be proud of themselves and their contributions to something that you’re doing.

4)     Leave some time for art

Artistic children aren’t the ones who are frequently taken to the Louvre or MOMA.

What sparks the artistic fire in kids is the freedom to do things with minimum restrictions.

Some parents buy a small school-like blackboard for their child’s room or their corner in the living room.

Together with a set of hard chalks, it’s an affordable yet effective way to inspire your toddler to express their ideas. The most interesting thing to do is just give your toddler these two things and observe see how they’ll use them.

Also, you can buy some easily removable oil pastels and let your child draw on one of the walls in your home. It will give them the feeling of freedom while making them aware that there are some restrictions, as well.

As explained by the Norland nanny rulebook, children need to develop their creativity but stay aware of limitations, as well. This approach will prepare them for the real world and its restrictions.

5)     Organize travel adventures

Traveling with children is one of the most exciting activities for all the interested parties.

Also, organizing those trips is usually exhausting for parents.

However, the joy that travels bring to kids and the memories you’ll cherish afterward make it worth all the fuss.

A rule of thumb for parents of little babies is to avoid going for long car trips.

You can often see families with young toddlers or even babies blocked in traffic jams under the scorching summer sun. Such situations cause a lot of stress for parents and discomfort for children.

To top it all off, people often lose their temper in such situations and end the holidays with a bad taste.

So, it’s better to fly to farther destinations with little babies or young toddlers. Otherwise, stick to the local area.

When children reach the age of three, they’re ready to endure long car trips.

That’s also the time when their memory dramatically increases so most of them will remember these adventures and experiences.

Conclusion

Every parent likes to hear that their children remember some family activities from their childhood.

It means that all the effort and energy invested in creating positive memories has paid off.

That’s why we think that it’s extremely important to commit yourself completely to your children.

When you decide to spend time with them, leave all other activities and things aside.

Let them know they have your undivided attention. Children can easily tell whether or not you really want to be with them.

We hope that all these tips will help you organize your family time and strengthen your family bonds.

AuthorBio: Anne Harris is an HR specialist working for londongoverness.com. She recruits nannies, governesses and other childcare professionals, ensuring top-notch services for parents worldwide. In her free time she likes reading about education, and children’s welfare, as well as visiting sports events.


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