Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Practical Tips for Staying Connected with your Family Part 2

Here are 3 ways that you can continue to build connections with your children and other family members. It is an ongoing practice. You may face some hurdles along the way, but you are not alone. It takes many tries to find out what fits best for their needs. The most important thing is consistency. However, that also looks different for everyone. If you don’t have hours allotted for these activities or tools, don't worry. Pick one of the tips from this week and last week, and think about which of them you want to focus on for the next few days.

  1. Encourage Emotional Expression: All kinds of emotions can show up at any given time. Remind your children that it is ok to talk about their feelings. Show them what it means to be compassionate and non-judgmental. In return, they will learn how to show you empathy as well. At home, they can learn healthy ways to share how they feel and what they are thinking. You will be able to discuss the boundaries of what they can do when they are feeling upset or sad.

  2. Problem-Solve Together: Parents often feel the burden of their children’s hurt and pain. This is absolutely normal. It is valid to have the urge to fix their situations. After all, you have more experience and are wiser in your worldview. Nonetheless, they will not learn anything from being rescued every time they face a challenging situation. You can role play, where you demonstrate different options for addressing difficulties in their lives. The main point is to always actively listen to their stories and concerns.

  3. Encourage Social Interactions: Talk about activities that you can do amongst each other. You can also get their creative ideas. Pair them up with siblings for special projects. Give them rewards or incentives as they finish their work. This will help them develop a sense of belonging and become a team player.

About the author: Joy Acaso is our own Parenting Coach at Nightwatch Childcare Center. She has over 17 years of experience in the mental health field. She is available to answer your questions and provide resources that can help your family thrive.

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