Well in Peel: The Important Relationship between you and your child
Your relationship with your child will evolve throughout the various stages of their development. Having a strong relationship and bond with your child is key to their social and emotional health and well-being. Focusing on your relationship with your child throughout the years can help your child face times of stress and those inevitable challenging times during their lives. With Valentine's Day on February 14th and Family Day on the 18th, February is a great time to reflect on ways to bond with your child. Here are some tips that can help your family stay connected over time:
Family Rituals and Routines:
- Catching up during family dinners is a great way to keep connected. During the early years family meals may be a chance to share "one happy thing about your day" however, as your child grows it is a chance to hear about their accomplishments and their struggles. It is a great time to disconnect from technology and give them your undivided attention.
- Family traditions, routines and rituals can be helpful in ensuring that quality family time will happen. For example, you may want to consider having a family movie night or a game night. Family traditions and rituals are a way to have consistent quality time where there is mutual enjoyment and there is a shared sense of belonging.
- Setting some time for outings could be another great way to enjoy your child. Outings don't need to be expensive. A family walk in the trails or a bike ride to your family's favourite coffee shop or a drive to a new ice cream shop are all great outings that can continue over the years.
- Spending one on one quality time with your child will keep you connected and in the loop. Individual date nights with your child will make your young one feel special and they will appreciate your undivided attention. As they get older, it is a good way for your child to share their feelings about various topics and what is happening in their social life, especially in the teen years.
Celebrating your Child's Achievements:
- Your child will feel appreciated and important when their achievements are acknowledged, and their hobbies are supported. This can be as simple as a pat on the back or a verbal expression of their hard work and dedication. Watching them play a sport or play a musical instrument at a school concert can make your child feel valued and cared for, at any age.