Quality time with our kids … it is a little bit like gold dust, right? Kids thrive off it and you only need a little to make a huge impact.
However, time is in short supply in our multitasking, digital lives. And yes, we all know the days when the best we can do is meet our children’s most basic needs. Some days it’s nothing short of heroic simply to feed them, bathe them, keep an encouraging tone, and get them to sleep at a reasonable hour – just to do it all over again tomorrow!
Parenting can be tough, but as the first (and best) teachers throughout their lives (still no manual … sorry!) it’s our responsibility to try our best to raise well-adjusted young people. We want our kids to have respect for others, to think for themselves, to learn how to cook dinner, drive a car, pay bills and enter into loving and respectful relationships. And this is just the short list!
We all crave those moments with our kids that make our hearts melt but we spend so much time guiding – a.k.a. correcting, reminding, scolding criticizing, nagging, and yelling that we forget that attentive parents’ kids have higher self-esteem, improved academic performance, better child-parent communication, and fewer behavioural and psychological problems.
Relationship building is the single most important way to impact a child’s life. A close parent-child relationship doesn’t just happen; it takes intentional effort on the part of us as parents on a daily basis.
“Enjoy the little things with your kids for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things” – Robert Brault
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