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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Power Bonding - Tips on how to sneak in extra bonding time with your children.

There may have been many times when mad overtime schedules and impossible project deadlines preventing working parents from spending time and bonding with their kids as much as they would have wanted.

Here are 10 quick and easy ways for you to sneak in pockets of time to Power bond with your children.

Sleep Together
Sharing the bedroom with the children gives more opportunities to share the waking and sleeping moments. Giving a bedtime or morning kiss and hug is a good way to foster an affectionate relationship too. Choose 1 night of the week where the kids can sleep together with the parents. For my family we have chosen Friday as the kids get to sleep late on Saturday.

Eat a Meal together

If you usually arrive home late from work than make breakfast the meal where everyone gets together. In our home, as mush as possible, dinner is a meal that is eaten as a family. If you can't arrange to have a dinner together with the rest of your family everyday, at least try to do it about 3 times a week.

Enjoy Car Rides
Whether the journey is to the school or to granny's, you can make use of the car rides as a good way to catch up and enjoy meaningful conversation with your children. For young children, your could tell them a story or sing along to their favourite songs.

Lunchtime Calls
Spare a few minutes during lunch time to call home during your lunch break to find out how your kids are doing. Even if it is just a short call, it lets your child know that you are thinking of them and miss them. Once you make this into a habit, your children will anticipate your calls eagerly everyday.

Leave Notes
Stuff simple notes around the house or into their school bags - little memos to remind them to have their lunch, to thank them for something they have done or an invitation to a family dinner that night etc. Most importantly, notes to make them feel loved.

Live Web Cam
Get a web cam for your computer at home and at work (if your office allows it). This allows you to check in on your tots occasionally. They will be happy to know that you're around (sort of) should they need you.

Do Housework

Make it a point to do family clean - ups together. We choose to do it on alternate Sundays. This is a good time to teach your children about responsibilities and a perfect way to bond through shared activities too. Getting the house clean is the added bonus, of course!

Family Journal
Get an empty scrapbook and start a family journal. Try to input an entry on a daily basis. Leave messages for one another and encourage your child to write in it whenever he has something to tell you. This is a good and indirect way to share feelings and happenings too.

Do Homework
Try to set aside some time each day to help with their schoolwork or just to dabble in some arts and crafts. (Check out my site : Easy Crafts - Fun Projects and Activity Ideas for Children for some fun ideas).
It's important to be involved in your child's schoolwork and not leave it entirely to the tutors and school teachers. Always encourage and motivate your child do do her best and remember to praise her for her efforts even if the results are not up to your expectations.

Introduce Workplace
If you are working on a weekend, you could try to bring your child along to your work place. This gives her an idea of the work that you do. You could make this occasion into a special one by bringing her out to lunch after work.

These are just some ideas that has worked for me and my friends. I hope you will be able to incorporate as many of these ideas as possible into your daily routine so that you will be able to Power Bond with your children.

If you have other ideas that work for you and your family, please feel free to share it by giving me a comment to this post.

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Blogger Dizzy Dee said...

My mom used to put notes into my lunch box when I was at school, and till this day I cherish those memories. She made me feel loved, and I even miss those times now!

There are so many special ideas that parents could share with children, that I really want to read up on it all one day when I have kids of my own.

January 17, 2008 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Joe Gandolfo said...

Very good ideas! I too, share ideas and stratagies for parents and teenagers on how to live more successfully.

Keep up the good work!

Joe Gandolfo, M.A., LPC

January 20, 2008 at 2:50 AM  
Anonymous firerobin said...

Sounds like good tips ...

The Mrs. and aren't quite there yet (in terms of having kids) ... but we're definitely getting closer.

Great blog by the way.

January 20, 2008 at 3:25 PM  
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Anonymous Reward Rebel said...

Thanks for visiting my mini blog, Nomad’s Tail. Just reading through your bonding ideas, you make it sound so loving and wonderful that I almost wish I’d had children! Live long and prosper;-D

January 25, 2008 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Real World Martha said...

Terrific ideas. We have an adopted child that needs all these type of acitivities. Thanks for the great tips.
Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

January 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM  
Anonymous renee - 21st Century Parenting said...

I'm glad you have quantified these. I have a teen son and we have a close relationship. I realize that a lot of it has to do with the fact that we have done many of your suggestions. :-) I'll definitely be checking in from time to time.

February 9, 2008 at 9:33 AM  

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