Parents are busier than ever. It is hard to balance work and family under the best circumstances. When your kids are little they need you for just about everything, but as they mature, they become more self-sufficient. This can take some stress off of you, but the downside is that it probably means spending less time with them. If you feel like you and your child are just ships passing by in the evenings, it might be time to work on some relationship building. I’ve got three ways to help you strengthen your relationship with your child.
Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Child
It’s so important to spend quality time with your child. I know. We’re all busy, but they are only young for such a short period of time. Use one or all of these ideas to help strengthen your relationship with your child.
Study With Them
This may not sound like the most appealing option, but if your child has to study, you may as well be there to help. Some days you may actually find that there is no other time to spend together than working on homework. That is okay. Working with your kid shows him that you care about his education. It can also lead to discussions on school and give you more insight into his life. Studying with your child at home can also help ensure that he stays on grade level. You can even find worksheets online to help supplement his learning. There is guidance on everything from synonyms to long division.
Go on a Retreat
There are programs throughout the country where you can go on a weekend retreat with your kid. These places are designed to help you strengthen your relationship with your child. Most of these places have endless activities. You can choose from horseback riding, hiking, swimming, zip lining and even a wide array of sports. During the times you aren’t trying new adventures with your kid, they often hold sessions throughout the weekend to help you know how to better build a relationship with your child. Whether you are struggling with your relationship or not, these retreats are a great place to get in some bonding in an exciting and different way.
Train for a Race
This option is really a win-win situation. Not only will you be able to spend quality time with your kid, but you’ll also get healthier in the process. Search online for a race that is kid friendly in your area. You can also find training plans online to help. Don’t feel like you have to be a serious runner to do this; you can actually just walk the whole time if you prefer. The important part is that you will get to spend time with your child by going on a walk or run with them a few days a week. This is a great time to get to know each other better while having some fun.
Life can be crazy and stressful, but it is important to find quality time to spend with your children. As they are able to do more for themselves, you might think they don’t really need you anymore. This is never the case though. Remember that they are still young and learning. They may not say so, but your child will always need you. Make sure to be there for them and continue working to strengthen your relationship wit your child each day.