The likelihood that kids will avoid dangerous situations increases when they are surrounded by caring families. By participating in your child’s life, and in turn include them in your daily life, you can foster a strong sense of community. Volunteer in his classroom, bring snacks for the soccer team, attend her recital or play, or assist with his science project. By participating and encouraging your child, you will show him that these activities are worthwhile and will inspire him to pursue more positive activities when they are older and having their own caring families to raise.
Get Involved In Your Child’s Life
The benefits of being actively involved in your child’s life are many – memories, great conversations, opportunities to build a strong relationship with your child and watch them grow into healthy, responsible adults. It may seem challenging and time-consuming to get involved in your child’s life, but the more you get involved, the more valued they’ll feel, and the more likely they’ll respond to you and your caring families.
Finding a way to be involved with your child is one of the biggest challenges you face as a parent. Children become more independent as they get older, and they act like spending time with their parents is no longer “cool”. In spite of this, studies have consistently revealed that kids enjoy quality time with their parents and caring families.
How do you define quality time? You can spend quality time with your kids if you communicate with them in a positive and useful way. Spending time with your kids is more than just being in the same room with them. How can you increase the quality of time you spend with your child? Here are some suggestions:
Establish Together Time.
Establish a regular weekly routine of doing something special with your child. If you’re having difficulty opening up with someone, you could try going for a walk, getting some ice cream, preparing some cakes, or even just talking to them while you’re cleaning up after dinner. Caring families can each come up with a way that fits for them best!
Caring Families Have Regular Family Meetings.
Meetings with the family at a set time are a great way to tell each other about triumphs, complaints, projects, and anything else you might want to discuss. Establish some ground rules, such as everyone gets a chance to talk without interruption, and only constructive feedback is allowed. Make sure the children have important roles like recording secretary or rule enforcer to get them involved. You can use incentives like pizza post-meeting to get them to join in.
Try To Be Home After School.
The danger zone for children to be left unattended use is between 3 and 6 p.m. If you cannot be there, try to arrange for another adult that has a positive relationship with your child (such as a grandparent or neighbor) to stop in and check on them. Caring families and friends make all the difference!
Eat Meals Together As Often As You Can.
Family mealtime provides a great opportunity to talk about the day’s events, to unwind, reinforce and bond with your kids. Studies show that kids who have meals with their caring families at least 5 times per week are much less likely to be involved with illegal activities and concentrate at school. Whether it is allowing them to mash the potatoes or help mommy make those delicious healthy salads, involving the kids at mealtime can help them feel involved and respected.
Check with your children to find out where they are going, with whom they will be traveling, and what they plan to do.
Become familiar with your child’s friends and their parents by finding out what they are doing. Ask your child to tell you how much fun he/she had and how strong his/her friendships are after returning from the activity. Keeping good communication is key for caring families!
Setting time aside for your children has so many sociological, psychological, and developmental benefits and these tips will allow your children to take on board small achievements within the family framework that make it a benefit to have them around. If you see the benefits of keeping your children involved let us know your ideas in the comments below.