Statistics show that children whose parents are actively involved in their lives will do better in school, have more confidence, build self-esteem, and generally have better relationships with others. Whether parents are married or divorced this holds true, however, if divorced it does take more work on the parent’s side to get the job done.
As you take the time to connect with your children it is important to evaluate their needs, likes, and dislikes. You do this by spending time with them, talking to them, and observing them. Society is changing so much and either kids are being raised watching tv, playing video games or texting on cell phones that we don’t know our children very well. In a way technology is taking our kids away from us and we aren’t doing anything about it. Now is the time to start connecting with your children and teaching them values and how to grow up living healthy successful lives.
Connecting with Younger Children
Take time at night and read short books to one another, get outside and go for a walk or a bike ride. Often overlooked, is the public library, not only do they have a ton of kids books but they also have weekly classes that are fun and entertaining. Playing card games and board games is also fun and it is a great way to teach them strategy, problem solving, and how to win and lose gracefully. There are many ways to connect with younger children and these are just a few.
Connecting with Older Children
Connecting with older children can have its challenges but it isn’t impossible. If your child is in sports then practice with them at the park or in the backyard. Help them with their homework and take time to talk about their day. Older children tend to have more going on in their lives so make sure the time you are able to spend with them is meaningful and productive.
Remember, when you take the time to connect with your children you are showing them that you love them and you are teaching them how they should interact with their kids when they become parents. Life is not about how much we can do in a day, or how much money we can make in a year, life is not about quantity; it is about quality and quality comes from a loving family whose parents took the time to connect with their children.