Connecting with your child
Hey Y’all, it’s Erin.
Now, I’d like to talk about connecting with your child.
So often, we get focused on what to get our kiddos that we forget our time is the most valuable and precious gift that we can give them.
We are our child’s safe space. We create these feelings of security and love by nurturing that relationship through time spent connecting with them.
I’m going to offer some tips on how you can connect with your children below!
We are connected in so many ways, to so many interesting things that talk to us about how to support our children’s development, how to play with them, what to feed them and so forth.
Even with the best of intentions behind why we’re looking at a device, it can still take time away from our opportunities to bond with our children.
Challenging ourselves to take even just a block of time where we unplug ourselves, and our children, can be a wonderful way to connect.
I often find that my family ends up behind a screen. All of us. A tablet, a tv, a computer, or a phone.
We try to take some time and read together as a simple way to support development, but also snuggle up and connect without a device.
Taking the opportunity to say that we have to spend time together and entertain ourselves without some sort of device forces us to be creative and really spend intentional time together.
Uninterrupted time together allows you to see the funny things that your kids say or do.
It gives you the chance to see if there is something that they are struggling with.
This time also allows your child to see how important they are to you!
On the flip side of that, sometimes it’s fun to plug in.
Pick your favorite songs and have a dance party.
Have everyone contribute to a playlist ahead of time so that you don’t get sucked into the trap of mindlessly scrolling for tunes.
This can be a great way to giggle and get your blood pumping.
You’re supporting your child’s gross motor development by encouraging them to crawl, shake, jump, and wiggle!
Spinning together and bouncing in each others’ arms is so much fun and can be a great way to feel closer.
I saw a Winnie the Pooh quote that said, “We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.”
It really reminded me to take the pressure off of things and remember that these little bursts of fun are going to be memories that my daughter will hold onto.
We dance at festivals with live music, in the living room in our socks (and diapers!), or even in the store to the jams playing while we walk down the aisles.
If you don’t enjoy dancing, that’s okay too.
Try your hand at some karaoke!
Singing is an extremely fun and important way to support your child’s language development!
Seriously. Get. Out. Side.
I worked as a Tinkergarten Leader for a year. They offer outdoor play based classes that children do with a caregiver.
Their website offers a ton of awesome DIY activities that support development and give you plenty of ideas on ways to play outside with your child.
You can pick an idea a week to try out together.
You could even join any type of outdoor class. Even if you’re just getting them into their Lil Helper Swim Diaper and taking a swim class, it’s a great way to bond and learn together.
You can do plenty of things inside too.
Sitting together and reading every day is super important for children.
This allows them to feel close to you, but also builds their vocabulary.
Learning to point and identify pictures is an incredibly valuable skill for your kiddo.
You can also work on other things to build their fine motor skills.
Coloring pictures together, building things with play dough, or sorting smaller objects that encourages them to use their pincer grasp skills are all fun ways that you can support fine motor development while meaningfully connecting with your child.
Take an opportunity to do something that you can keep that will remind you of your time.
Go have an impromptu photo session. Photographers often offer fun mini sessions during each season.
Ask another parent at the playground to snap a few pictures for you, and then you can put your phone away and return the favor for them using their phone!
I’ve been drooling over tulip minis in the spring, sunflower minis in the late summer, leaf piles in the fall or christmas tree farms in the winter.
You can also do cute hand or foot print crafts. Check out a Lil Helper Mama’s suggestion.
Or there are simple ones like these:
Perhaps you’ve got a green thumb and want to plant something together. Here are some ideas on good ones to do with kids!
It’s always super cool to be able to look back over time and see something that reminds you of the time you spent together.
Your children will treasure being able to have a physical object or image that was so meaningful to both of you!
These are just a few ideas on ways that you can connect with your children.