Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
You've heard the expression, "When you fail to plan, you plan to fail". This applies to our family lives too.
Try creating a plan to have fun together as a family doing things your child enjoys. Please note that this does not mean “spend money”.
Fun time together can be playing catch, walking the dog together, playing board games or card games, baking together, making up silly knock-knock jokes, origami, racing paper airplanes – anything they could enjoy…WITH YOU. Yes, time spent WITH YOU is the most important aspect of this idea.
Not sure what to do? Follow your child’s lead – let them offer suggestions for what they would like to do. You may be pleasantly surprised at how simple their requests can be.
And, just remember, "family time" is not something children “earn” as a reward or something that can be taken away as punishment. It is guaranteed “time in” WITH your children to build a trusting, respectful, loving relationship. If you want to create a positive, warm, connection with your child, setting aside guaranteed time to spend together (with positivity and warmth) is a must.
Now go have fun together!