Throughout the generations, parents have struggled to form strong bonds with children. A lack of understanding, age and conventional wisdom has seemed to serve as a blockade to reaching their children in the way they desire. However, while it may seem hopeless, you really can connect with your kids and build a lasting relationship with them. It starts by spending time with them at a young age and continuing to show your love as they face every stage of life.
Spending Time With Younger Children
Younger children need constant attention from their parents. Many give their children over to electronics for bonding. But if you want to build a lasting relationship and create a decent member of society, then it’s going to take more work than buying the latest electronic.
Take you kids to the park or local museums. They will love this experience at this age. Spending time at the park will give them exercise, fresh air and a chance to bring your to their level. As you play with them, you will lay the foundation of a strong relationship throughout their life. Things like museums are also great for young children. They get the opportunity to both learn and enjoy spending time with you.
Establishing a Relationship During the Pre-Teen Years
Once a few years pass by your lovable child is entering the pre-teen years. They learn what an attitude is an how to use it. This can be a difficult time for the relationship with the two of you. Use this time in their life to both have fun and begin talking about important life lessons.
If your child is interested, considering picking up a sport like golf to play together. Pick tee times that work for both of your schedules, and then head to the course. You will be giving them seemingly more responsibility, while giving yourself a great time to talk about anything.
Bonding With a Teenager
Once your child becomes a teenager, it’s your last shot to mold them into a respectable person. Unfortunately, this is the most difficult time in your relationship with each other. They will struggle to separate themselves from your in an effort to understand who they are. But you don’t have to lose them in the midst of this.
Instead of bonding through activities like when they were younger, show them that you respect them as a young adult. Take them to nice dinners, plays at your local theater and other things that “adults” do to show your support as they grow up.
Whether you have a young child or one that no longer lives with you, it’s important to make time to spend together. You should never neglect the power of simply setting aside special time just for you and your child. There doesn’t always have to be something monumental going on to spend time together. Make it a normal thing, then it won’t be so uncomfortable when you need to address the important things.