2. Smile when they enter the room
This is a great opportunity to let your child know that they are important and that you enjoy having them around. They will sense any irritation or feeling of being interrupted. Letting them know without words that their presence brings joy to you is a wonderful way to boost they self esteem.
3. Hold on tight!
Never let go first when your little ones come to give you a hug. Let them dictate when the hug ends, staying fully focused without rushing them. These gestures of love from your children are priceless and nourishing. Absorb every drop and let them hold on to you for as long as they want to. Allow them to express their love, whether it be a quick cuddle or a long bear squeeze.
Take a moment every day to sit quietly with your child and listen to a piece of music, the ocean or the birds. Just relaxed, non judged time spent with no agenda other than to listen together. What a blessing in the craziness of this noisy life many of us lead.
Listening will often prompt some chatter after a while. Taking the time to engage your children in real conversation, where you listen and respond fully to what they are saying is a fantastic way to help them develop. Not only their communication skills and vocabulary, but also their self esteem, goals and dreams.
6. Eat together
Eating together as a family has been shown to decrease obesity. Healthier choices are made because we are more mindful. Sitting together to meals is a great way to bond, as well as showing your children good table manners through modelling and encouraging a more diverse palette.
7. Play and get active!
Get up and get moving together! Have fun and make memories with board games, marbles, bikes, swimming and just about any other activity that you can think of. This is a phenomenal way to bond with your children, increasing self esteem and fitness at the same time. Play is an essential part of child development, helping to develop motor skills as well as imagination. Don’t be shy, get down on the floor or stuck in the mud. You just might find that you actually enjoy it!
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