Ways to Bond With Your Big Kid
Its very common for children to spend less and less time with parents as they get older. There are many reasons for this:
- Age difference
- Lack of common interests
- Busy caregiver
But it’s up to the parents to bridge that gap and ensure neither the caregiver(s) nor the child is deprived of that special bond. Its important to invest time and effort in order to nurture the relationship. So here are a few things you can do with your child to bond with your child:
- Play video games together
This doesn’t mean you should always take over your child’s gaming time. But it is important to do fun things together. These days parents are more disapproving of video games than they are accepting. So, the occasional game with your child will bring you two closer together. The goal here is to just have fun together doing something your child enjoys.
Team player games will also help you two bond over working together!
- Set time aside to ask about your child
It’s important to show interest in your child’s life. If you are not aware of what’s going on in your child’s every day life, you’re doing something wrong. Allot a certain hour of the day where you sit with your child and ask him about his day, his friends, his school work, and everything else. Make a point to share things about your life with him too. This will make him feel loved and important.
- Pick a hobby together
It’s a beautiful bonding experience when a caregiver and child come together through an activity they both enjoy. Pick something you both might like and take a class for it! This could be baking, crocheting, puzzles, anything that sounds appealing to you both. This makes for some fantastic childhood memories. Children treasure such moments throughout their lives.
- Take a trip
This sounds pricey, but it doesn’t have to be financially consuming at all. It doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday. It can just be a series of trips to some landmarks, or picnic spots close by. There are many unexplored places in the city that you two could experience together. All that matters is that you’re together and there’s something to be excited about.
Bonding is extremely crucial for any kid’s healthy development. Sometimes it may not seem like your child wants to spend time with you but in order to give him a wholesome childhood, it’s essential to create a space that you two can share.