The Daily Activities
Have we asked ourselves how do our kids spend the entire day and which are the ways to find how to connect with them thoroughly ?
They are at school the most of the day, and then they’re having homework, maybe some instrument lessons, some dance classes or ballet classes and on top of that are engaged with new hi-tech devices, spending the rest of the day playing internet games. In such ways, they become disconnected from us, the parents. Too many other engagements are taking place.
If we are not having control at the connection part (as parent-child relation), that absence of connection, could result in having anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation or lack of self-worth, which could lead to self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse and eating disorders.
So, what can we do to change that possible everyday matrix behavior?
By creating meaningful connection with our kids, we are supporting their mental and physical health that will help them to grow into loving, carrying, mature people later on in life.
We can make changes in our parent-children relation and behavior patterns, in order to connect more with our kids and to have more quality time as parents and children.
The question is: what can help the process?
Eat Dinner Together As A Family Every Day
It has a powerful positive impact for them (and us as parents), by keeping the lines of communication open with children.
Studies suggest that eating dinner together on regularly basis, results as better health and improved resilience for kids, stronger relationships between parents and children, and lower rates of depression and high-risk teenage behaviors.
Silence While Driving To Home
Everyday conversation about what happened during the day is beneficial in the process of everyday bonding with the kids. But, sometimes, when you drive them from school to home, you might not even talk; just being silent could result as relaxation in the kid’s brain.
Share The Daily Experiences Among You
It is also good and beneficial for a family bonding to take place, to talk about each others activities during the day. You can learn more about your children behavior in certain circumstances and give some advice if it is necessary.
By having such conversations they have the feeling that you are treating them as an adults, which is good and highly beneficial for their self-confidence.
Plan The Weekend Activities Together
When you make plans for the weekends, you can make decisions together and meet their wishes as well. Or, you can mutually agree which activities that you will choose ,are to be as much playful and fun for them. You can go in the nearest park and play soccer or other social activities, or to go bowling, swimming together in a pool, maybe shopping, or even learning cooking together (everything is a plus for later on in their lives).
Weekend Gateways In Nature
Many conducted researches are providing increasing evidence of mental and physical benefits of time spent in nature for everyone, not only for the kids. Spending time outdoors has positive impact on our overall health(including theirs). Studies have shown significantly reduce of blood pressure and the stress hormone.
When you are practicing some workouts in the presence of your home, you can include your kids in the process as well.
By training your mind, and as well theirs, they will learn to stay focused on what is happening in the moment and new character feature can appear on the surface: the capacity for empathy for other people and situations.
Bottom line: Spend more time with your kids, hear them, teach them, understand them and help them to become good and successful persons in life.
It is by far the biggest favor you can do for them!