Being a parent is one of the most challenging roles in the world. We always go above and beyond to make sure we raise happy and successful children. But no matter what style we choose to use, at the end of the day, it still boils down to the kind of relationship every parent has with their children. The stronger the parent-child relationship, the better the upbringing.
Here are some techniques that can help you strengthen the relationship between you and your child:
❤ Show Your Love
Human touch and loving affection are needed at every stage of our lives for healthy emotional and neurobiological development. It is important that your child receives gentle, loving touch (i.e., hugs) from you several times throughout the day.
❤ Say “I love you” often
Even when your child is being difficult or does something you don’t like; this can be an excellent opportunity to remind them that you love them unconditionally. A simple “I love you” can have a major impact on your long-term relationship with your child.
❤ Set boundaries, rules, and consequences
Children need structure and guidance as they grow and learn about the world around them. Talk to your children about what you expect of them and make sure they understand. When rules are broken, make sure to have age-appropriate consequences in place and be consistent with them.
❤ Listen and empathize
Connection starts with listening. Acknowledge your child’s feelings, show them you understand, and reassure them that you are there to help with whatever they need. Try to see things from your child’s perspective. By listening and empathizing with your child, you will begin to foster mutual respect.
❤ Play Together
Play is so important to a child’s development. It is a fun way for you to strengthen your relationship with your child. It does not matter what you play. The key is to just enjoy each other and commit to giving your child your undivided attention.
❤ Create parent-child rituals
Quality, one-on-one time with your child can strengthen the parent-child bond, build up your child’s self-esteem, and lets them know that they are special and valued.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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