Children benefit in so many ways if they grow up having a healthy relationship with his or her parents. If you have a good relationship with your parent, you’re fortunate. If you don’t make other plans to avoid being around them, you’re lucky. If you grew up with them giving you hugs and affection now isn’t uncomfortable, you’re blessed. Don’t forget that.
Tips to Strengthen the Parent-Child Relationship
- Tell them you love them. Express your love for them and do it daily. This can be expressed in many ways: leaving a sticky note in their lunchbox, texting them something special in the middle of the day or giving them a big hug when you see them. A child will never get tired of hearing that they are special to you and appreciated. Even when they have done wrong and are being punished, they still need to feel secure knowing that your love for them is unconditional.
- Spend quality time with them. Take them out to lunch, to see a movie they have been talking about for weeks, play their favorite game with them or just sit and play with them. Whatever it is, give them your undivided attention.
- Let them know that you are always there for them. They should feel like they can come to you with any of their problems, no matter how small they may be. Listen to what they have to say without judging and talk to them about possible solutions.
- Show your child that they can depend on you. If you make plans to do something, follow through with what you told your child. By doing this, you will be showing them that they can trust you. Your child will also feel more secure knowing that the can depend on you.
The bond between a child and their parent is special and unique in every household. It can be one of the strongest relationships that you form in your lifetime. Start following these tips regularly beginning from when they are born so you can hopefully have a strong relationship when they grow up.