During the holidays when we all gather with family and friends, it’s a reminder of the importance of connection.
One of the most important things we can do as a parent is to find those moments of connection with our children. Connection is important to healthy development in children. It is at the heart of your parenting.
Connection is about not just being physically present, but being emotionally present. Connection means to put yourself in your child’s experience, imagine what it’s like to be them. Connection is about enjoying being with your child; paying attention to them and being sincerely interested in what they are doing.
Building a strong connection with your child helps nurture their emotional resilience and helps foster a sense of security; it helps them navigate challenges with a greater sense of confidence.
Connection is the most important skill we can bring to our parenting because it forms the foundation for every interaction we have with our children now and throughout their lives.
When your child is having a hard time and you’re working on issues with school and friends, it’s hard to see the path to connection. But, in those times this is when quality connections are key.
Connections can be really simple…
- Mixing up meal times…breakfast for dinner anyone? (A big fave in our house.)
- A new puzzle that you do together, reading a favorite book, or just a HUG when it’s least expected.
- A favorite show (Holla Gilmore Girls!)
- Dance party to their favorite tunes.
- Taking notice when they do anything good. Recognizing things you love about them and saying it!
With all of parenting’s ups and downs, finding those connection moments will make all the difference.