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Crushed between our tight work schedule and parenthood, we often end up giving one of these priorities. And work happens to be it most of the time. The overwhelming daily grind prevents many parents to think of creative ways to bond with their kids. Here are some positive parenting tips that busy parents can use to build a healthy relationship with their kids.
Be creative and spontaneous with the little time that you have with your kid. Make it quality time not just for your kid but also for you by using your own skills and talents. Amy Reyes, a senior graphic designer at a big corporation and an illustrator, sketches her way into her son’s heart. Instead of writing the traditional lunch notes for him, every night she draws something on a piece of paper that will greet her son the next day when he opens his lunch. She fulfills her need to express herself through her sketch and tells her son that she is there for him. But artistic ability is not the only thing that can make you connect with your child. It’s your ability to make things fun and interesting for your child that will draw him towards you.
One major part of effective parenting is knowing what your kid loves and what he or she is passionate about. Let them know through your actions that whatever makes them happy is important to you.
But work and kids shouldn’t be the only things you focus your life on. To be more creative and spontaneous, parents should take out time for themselves too.
A great way to do something fun and meaningful is to do things that combine both your hobbies. Parents bond with their kids very easily when they are helping them do something that interests them... simple activities like playing tennis, painting or composing music.
When you don’t have a lot of time for your kids, it is important that you spend the time you have with them creatively. That’s how they will look forward to spend time with you and not hold any grievances against you for not spending enough time with them.