Having children is one of the greatest joys life has to offer. As a parent you get to watch with pride as each of your children grow into their personalities and learn from all of the lessons that you have taught them over the years, knowing that you have played a vital role in their development. However, for many parents, there does unfortunately come a time when bonding with your children can become slightly more difficult than it was when they were only a few years old. As kids become more independent, they rely on their parents less, and sometimes it can feel as though you are losing touch with your little ones. If you have found yourself feeling that way recently, then here are a few ideas of activities which you may find helpful in your pursuit to strengthen your connection with your children.
Be active together
Sports have long been a great way for adults to bond with their little ones, and even in our technology-obsessed society, this is a tradition which still remains! Try out lots of different sports with your kids, and find out which ones they like to play the most. Even if you find they don’t like actively playing, there are plenty of spectator’s sports which you can enjoy watching together on the TV, or even look into ticket sales for attending live games.
Creative activities, such as arts and crafts, are a great way for children to express themselves and improve their development, so this is a very important aspect of their lives to be a part of. Simply engaging in parallel play, by drawing next to them when they draw, or working on artistic ventures with your kids, you will not only have fun spending time together, but also be present when your children are going to be more emotionally open.
Learn with them
While there is a lot you can teach your children, there is also a lot that they can teach you too. While your kids might not have all the same interests as you, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have something to connect over. You just need to learn from them, and follow their lead when trying out new activities. Learning a new hobby or skill together can show your child that taking on a new challenge can be rewarding for everyone. Working together to achieve something will be rewarding for both of you.
Use your imagination
Children love to use their imagination, which means that this is something you should learn to do to! Don’t think that you need to come up with lots of elaborate plans for days out and spend lots of money, in order to enjoy time with your kids. You can create a fabulous fun filled world to explore with your children within your very own home, just by embracing your creativity.
Ask for their ideas
As your children get older, they will really appreciate you respecting and valuing them enough to ask for their opinions on what activities they would like to do. Get them to write you a list of all the things they would like to do, and you might be surprised to find that spending quality time with you, in any capacity, is right at the top of their list.