Creative Child

Building the Parent-Child Bond

by Sarah Lyons

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Create a helper

For the busy parent, finding the time to make quality moments is a daunting task in addition to all your other responsibilities. To ease this try incorporating them into your daily tasks. While you are cooking dinner, doing dishes, or folding laundry ask your child to help and start up a conversation. Some kids may bond with their parents over fixing the car, painting, gardening, or any household task. Not only are you creating a great opportunity to spend time together but you are teaching them life skills and a good work ethic.

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Love them no matter what

One of the best ways to build a healthy bond with your child is to let them know you will love them no matter what. You communicate this by listening to their problems, offering advice when appropriate and then respecting their decisions, even if it will have negative consequences. If your child makes a mistake, let them know you are there to love and support them through the challenges that they may face. Everyone needs to know they have someone in their corner, especially on the bad days.

Most of these ideas are not profound or difficult to do, they just take a little planning and intentionality. Over time, without even trying, the bonds will be built and your child will have a foundation of love and support as they mature.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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