Tired of the technology fight?
Top 6 tips to connect with your kids
We are all in the same boat, when it comes to technology and all you feel like you are doing is fighting the fight against the technology beast.
As a mom of 3 kids myself (ranging from five to twelve), I understand and know the struggle of trying to connect with my kids in a meaningful and engaging way. I have had to get rather creative in what we can do together that are fun for
all and keep communication open for us to talk and catch up.
This is especially prominent in our kids preteen years.
Finding quality time in this busy day and age is a challenge, but not impossible and research has indicated that the impact of a tween/teen parent
closeness may last well beyond adolescence.
Top tips to help keep your kids engaged and keep your communication channels open:
1. Listen more and talk less
By listening rather than talking, you can be their calm in the storm. He or she will feel understood and validated. It is such a powerful relationship-building tool and your child will appreciate that gift and you will create a two way channel of communication.
2. Involve your kids in your favorite past times
Show a genuine interest in their passions, either through participating in an activity with them or simply being there to encourage them.
3. Schedule regular family time
A great way to keep communication alive is to schedule consistent family bonding time. Children who spend quality time with their loved ones build their own self-confidence. They then become more sociable because they sense that their parents value them. This family time can be in forms of playing boardgames, building jigsaw puzzles, sitting outside cooking marshmallows
or just simply sitting around a dinner table.
4. Involve your kids in the decision making
Whether planning what's for dinner, or where to go for an outing, allowing kids to participate in these decisions is important because it gives them an opportunity to have a say about issues and decisions that affect them, learn new skills, have fun and develop a closer connection.
5. Make memories
We love to go camping as a family and we have a general rule while we are there that we do not take any ipads/ipods or unnecessary technology with us. It is a great way to reconnect in an environment that is not stressful.
6. Nurture positive behaviors
Kids will start to develop positive behaviors because loved ones influence them. A 2012 study reflected that children who ate regular meals with their families performed better in school.
Our kids need us now more than ever before. The reality is that we live in the world of technology and there is no getting away with this, but there are still so many ways that we can create lasting connections and bonds with our kids.
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