Whether you have one child or ten, parents want to have a loving and trusting relationship with their children. Raising children who are polite, well-rounded and happy stems from a solid foundation. Experts say strong bonds do not happen overnight and suggest setting priorities to include quality time. Doing things together sparks conversation, builds trust and brings parents and children closer together. Encourage your children to be independent, but as they grow, ensure they will know you will always be available.
10. PLAN REGULAR DATES
Enjoy quality time together by going on weekly or monthly dates. Vary them up by trying to do something or go somewhere different each time and take turns deciding what to do. Going out together with your child provides designated one-on-one time to talk and get to know each other. It will build a foundation for them to be able to let you know about the important things later in life. Some date ideas include shooting hoops, going ice skating or eating at a restaurant of their choice.
9. THINK OUTSIDE (THE BOX)
Go outside and get active together. Not only does physical activity increase endorphin levels and make you feel good, it teaches healthy habits. Change things up to make extra special childhood memories. Instead of taking the straight path on a nature walk, jump in puddles or go right through a shallow creek, climb a tree, race each other down a hill or catch frogs. By doing something out of the norm or exciting, your child will see you as someone who likes to have fun with him or her.