- Make a date . Set a weekly date with each child, so you are ensured some alone time with them.
- Read with them. I'm a big fan of this. Read to them every day if possible. It's great quality time, and one of the best things you can do to help them in life. See the Best All-time Children's Books.
- Talk to them after work . When you get home from work, instead of sitting down and watching TV, or taking a nap, or finding some other way to veg out after a long day at work … take the extra effort to sit down and talk with your kids about their day.
- Play "Highs and lows". If dinnertime isn't a productive time to connect with your kids, try playing this game (my kids love it): go around the table, and each person shares his high points of the day, and low points. One or two or even three of each is good. And everyone should really listen. It's fun, and a great way to connect.
- Just snuggle. Every now and then, just pull your child to you and hug them. Snuggle, be affectionate, squeeze them tight. That kind of physical intimacy is important — and the day will come when they don't want to snuggle with you anymore. Take advantage of it now.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Connecting With Your Kids
Zen Habits has a great post on connecting with your kids. A few highlights: