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It goes without a doubt that bonding with your children begins in those early years. In fact, I might even point out that the parent-child relationship actually forms during pregnancy! But why are parent-child relationships important?
I’m someone who always wants to know the “WHY” to all my questions.
I like to understand not just the answer, but the deeper reasoning behind answers!
When it comes to our kids, there’s so much deep reasoning behind everything, but today we’re talking about our relationship with our kids.
Did you know, “without a good initial bond, children are less likely to grow up to become happy, independent and resilient adults”, according to a study done by the London Journal of Primary Care. [Source]
For some of you, this may seem obvious, but let’s take an even further look!
Why are parent-child relationships important?
When babies are born, they’re highly dependent on their mother to nurse and comfort them right off the bat.
As they grow, they’re constantly evolving through various development stages where they need lots of comforts, guidance, and support from both parents.
Keep in mind a POSITIVE parent-child relationship is one that nurtures the physical, emotional, and social development of our children.
One of the biggest things I came across when I was researching for this article was this. Children who grow up with a positive parent-child relationship typically demonstrate the ability to regulate emotions during stress and difficult situations! [Source]
Some of the other benefits I came across when it comes to having a healthy parent-child relationship are:
- Helps your child build strong confident social behaviors and interaction skills.
- Children with positive parent-child relationships display better academic skills in school.
- Promotes healthy child functional development from baby to adulthood.
Positive Parenting Techniques to incorporate into your daily routine.
Take the time to understand your child’s behaviors.
Typically, whenever our kids act out with frustration or ‘negative’ behaviors, there’s usually a reason. Maybe they haven’t figured out how to express themselves or maybe they don’t understand why something happened.
If you can get to the root cause, you can do your part to help them understand that there are better ways to approach a situation and move forward positively.
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Offer love, compassion and understanding instead of anger and frustration.
It’s important to remember that our kids are basically miniature versions of ourselves.
As they’re young they absorb everything they see & hear. As they get older, they put what they’ve absorbed into action.
Instead of reacting with constant anger and frustration, try to show some compassion and understanding.
Teach your little ones at a young age how to safely problem solve and express themselves.
Maintain a consistent schedule with your kids.
Consistency can be very beneficial to maintaining a positive parent-child relationship.
Although things in life always change or happen sporadically at times, when your base routine stays consistent, it makes it less likely for your kids to freak out or panics when something doesn’t go according to plan.
This is a great lesson to start teaching while your kids are young so they develop these healthy habits as they grow.
Focus on redirection instead of always shouting “NO”.
Do you find yourself sounding like a record player on repeat? Where you’ve said NO about 100 times and nobody seems to care?
I know, me too!
I’ve learned that it isn’t about saying “NO” all the time, more so the better way is to focus on redirecting!
When our kids are still young and in those toddler days, they truly have NO clue what the word NO even means!
It took me some time to figure this out the hard way which is why I’m sharing it with you. Whenever your little one is doing something they’re not supposed to, just gently redirect them to where they should be.
If they’re doing something dangerous, take the time to explain why it’s a NO. They may not understand it right now, but in time, they’ll learn and will be more receptive to hearing the word NO.
Sometimes, we all just need to let loose and be goofy together!
Yes, parenting isn’t ALWAYS about teaching our kids some important life lesson. Sometimes, we just need to show them a little fun!
Take some time our of the day and make it a ‘mommy and son or daughter playtime’ adventure!
Go out to the park, play dress up in the house, use some coloring books, the options are truly endless!
Encourage them to be independent, they don’t ALWAYS need you to step in.
Believe it or not, even at a young age, our little ones need time to explore. They need encouragement to try things on their own.
By giving and showing the opportunities to work through challenges, you may find yourself quite surprised (and impressed) by the outcome.
Plus, it allows you both to develop a strong truth amongst one another.
Be available for them to talk to, whenever they need it.
It’s important kids feel like they have a trustworthy outlet to turn to when they need it.
Often times you’ll hear stories of how kids are afraid to talk to their parents, but it shouldn’t have to be that way.
Starting at a young age, develop a judgment-free way to keep yourself available for your kids whenever they need to talk or work through a situation.
Be there to listen, guide and offer support instead of judging them right off the bat.
Overview: Why are parent-child relationships important?
Parent-child relationships starting young carries a tremendous amount of benefits for your child as they grow up.
Ranging from behavioral benefits to educational and developmental benefits as well.
Using some of the tips above are just small ways you can incorporate positive parenting techniques into your lifestyle with your kids!
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