With 2020 just beginning, I skipped the resolutions and instead am choosing to focus on my intention to connect on a deeper level with each of our kids every day. I’m a work-from-home mom with a schedule that varies each week, and while I’m home most of the day all week and I see my children all the time, I know how vital that rich, deep connection is for all of us. The kind that brings joy, giggles, and that sense of feeling really close. And while I’ve always held that high on my list of important things, I want to be even more intentional about it with my boys this year.
The wonderful thing is that connecting with your child and making them feel loved doesn’t take long! They love simple little things. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long, pre-planned activity. There are tons of things you can do in even 1 minute, which means this type of intention doesn’t have to replace something else in your life. It doesn’t need to be something you feel pressured to squeeze into your already crazy days. It’s EASY. I promise.
Here are five simple ideas that don’t take any props or planning!
- Get down on the floor and engage
Children communicate through play. They process big emotions and learn about the world around them through play. One of the most significant gifts you can give your child is to PLAY with them for a few minutes each day. Join in their own little world. Follow their lead. Participate with them.
- Communicate in a funny way
Speak using an accent. Whisper something in their ear. Use a deep voice to ask them a question. They love this!
- Play a Game
Follow the leader, hide and seek, wrap them in a hug and see if they can escape, a board game, I Spy and pushing a ball back and forth together to the beat of the music, are just a few ideas. Children love games, and they learn so much through them, too!
- Do something the wrong way on purpose
While prepping their dinner, pretend to put their meal at another place at the time. Start brushing their teeth with the opposite end of the toothbrush, use the wrong end of the broom to start sweeping up after lunch, etc.
- Move in a silly way
When heading back to bed, start moving in slow motion. Chances are, your child will start laughing and ask what you’re doing. Invite them to join in the silly way to get from point A to point B.
I’ve included a simple visual below, too. Save it and stick it on the fridge just as a little reminder if you’d like! We’d love to hear if you find this helpful and what you notice if you participate in something similar!