Being a parent involves a lot of things, such as teaching your child manners and responsibility. It is also essential to have fun with your child and meet his or her emotional needs. Your child needs a lot of attention and when you meet these needs you have a much better chance of your child growing up to be a balanced and happy person.
Bonding with your child will not only strengthen your relationship with your child, but it will probably make you a more relaxed and patient parent too.
While disciplining your child is important, knowing when to relax and have fun is also vital. Here are some ideas for ways to bond with your child.
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1 Reading Together
I recently wrote an article on why reading with your child is so important so I won’t go into great detail about that. Let’s just keep it simple and say that reading is fun and you can incorporate reading to your child into your daily routine.
Reading your child a bedtime story every night will give you some special quiet time every day that will most certainly create a stronger bond between you.
2 Giving Your Child A Massage
A massage is a wonderful way to bond with your child, plus massage comes with incredible health benefits too.
Massaging your child just before bed will help your child to relax and chances are that your child will sleep better for it. If your child is suffering from any sort of anxiety and/ or sleep problems like night terrors then I highly recommend massaging your child before bed.
3 Quiet Talk Time before Bed
Having a quiet talk with your child just before bed is an excellent way to bond, plus you have a quiet moment to check how your child’s day was and if there was anything that went wrong you can process that with your child.
I’m not sure about you, but very often my days are a whirlwind of getting kids ready and to school in the morning, rushing through work, fetching the kids, getting them fed and looked after… before I know it the day has gone and I don’t actually know how my kids days went and if anything is bothering them.
I find this moment before bed one of the first truly quiet moments with my child and the perfect opportunity to go through their day with them.
It is my last chance for me to let my children know how much I love them and care about them.
4 Kisses and Cuddles
I believe cuddling is so important and this can be done at all times during the day. I kiss and cuddle my kids every opportunity I can. I just can’t help it and my kids suck up this kind of attention.
There are loads of opportunities for kisses and cuddles, from early morning cuddles when my kids wake up and come to my bed to cuddling when I read them their bed time story.
5 Movie Time
I am not a fan of lots of screen time, but I do believe that movies can be fun and exciting to watch together.
Every Friday is family movie night at our home. When I pick the kids up from play school we go to the shop on the way home and buy cooldrinks, sweets and chips. It is our weekly naughtiness and the kids love it.
If there is a new movie that comes on DSTV during the week I will record it for them or I will check if there is something good on Box Office. Netflix also has lots of great things to watch for kid and adults.
Otherwise I may buy a dvd specially for movie night.
Plus when we are watching the movie we have cuddle time. My kids absolutely love Friday movie night.
6 Art Activities
Kids just love coloring in and painting. We have a huge box called the art box and I have all sorts of messy and fun things in there from paint, to glue, glitter and colorful odds and ends.
Every now and then we cover the table with newspaper and have some fun.
7 Kids Activities
Kids love getting creative and there are so many more kids activities you can do other than art activities.
You can make your own playdough, foam dough, bath paint, paint and glitter glue. You can make your own slime, bouncy balls and bath bombs. Seriously there are so many things you can do that cost hardly anything and will keep your kids entertained for hours.
Plus you will get to have loads of fun with your kids and be the coolest mom around.
8 Go for a Milkshake or Ice Cream
Outings don’t always have to cost a fortune or take up a huge amount of time. Just going out for a quick milkshake or ice cream could make your kids day and give you some one on one time with them.
Yesterday I took my kids for a quick ice lolly at Scott’s Nursery and they loved it.
9 Go for a Picnic at a Park
I don’t know about your kids, but mine are obsessed with picnics. If you have spare time that would normally be what I call waiting time then keep a blanket in the car and have a picnic if the weather is good.
We have a picnic every week since there is a gap of two hours between play school finishing and my daughter’s gymnastics so instead of spending the time driving back and forth we have a picnic and make good use of that time.
10 Baking and Cooking
If I tell my kids we are going to make cupcakes I can actually see them shivering with excitement! I have the best cupcake recipe that I must actually share with you because it really is a no flop chocolate cupcake recipe. In fact I will share that with you next… now that I think about it!
I also let my kids help me prepare supper and they love it.
It provides time together plus they are also learning valuable skills in the kitchen! Yes I have to admit supper is slow to make but it sure beats having my kids fighting for my attention while I struggle to cook.
Making small changes like letting them help with the supper changes it from a struggle to good bonding time. Their absolute favorite is making our own pizza dough from scratch and then we each make our own pizza.
We once made a whole gingerbread house, it took us 2 days to make it and it was incredible! And yes I have to share how to do that with you too!
What bonding activities do you do with your kids?