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15 Ways to Connect with Your Child in 5 Minutes or Less

15 ways to connect with your child in 5 minutes or less

Ask any parent how things are going and you’re likely to hear some version of “we are staying busy.”

Whether you think busyness is a disease resulting in families being over-stressed and not spending enough time together or you see productivity as a good thing that is benefiting your brain, few will dispute that we are, in fact, busy people. The good news is that it appears that quality time with our kids trumps quantity.

While I’ll always advocate for slowing down and savouring those precious miracle moments with our loved ones, I understand that some days are just so packed that there are only a few spare minutes with which to connect with our kids.

Here are 15 ways to connect in just five minutes or less.

1. Gather your child in your lap and read a short story

Of course, this is much easier to do with little kids who still fit on your lap, but if your child is older, sit beside him and read a chapter of Percy Jackson out loud. By making this a daily ritual, you’ll spark a love for reading and spend some quality time together every single day.

2. Offer a heart-felt hug and be the last to let go

This article by Marcus Falicetti outlines why we need at least eight hugs per day. Lots of good comes from a hug, and it doesn’t even take five minutes!

3. Give full, undivided attention to your child

Start with saying, “These next five minutes are all yours.” Ask them about their day, how they’re feeling, or what they’re interested in most right now. Make eye contact and listen attentively.

We do that so little these days because everybody is checking their devices or multitasking and only giving partial attention. Five minutes of full attention will go a long way in strengthening your connection.

4. Meet their strong emotion with empathy

Sometimes this is inconvenient or even downright tough, and our first reaction is often to shut it down quickly. When we can sit with our children through their big feelings, they get the message “I matter” or “I’m understood” and that fosters a deeper connection to us.

5. Play a game of Tic Tac Toe, Hangman, or have a block play

Keep a small notepad in your vehicle or purse for on-the-go fun. Make use of the time you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or at the doctor’s office by playing one of these games together and you just might feel less exasperated by your wait and more connected with your child. Another good way to play or spend time with your children is block play. Block play gives you a full chance to interact with your child and it allows them to spread their imagination. Find out more about healthy and safe PAPER BLOCK from noP, https://nop.social/product/paper-block/.

6. Have an impromptu dance party

Inject a little fun and spontaneity into your day by turning on a good dance song and sliding around the kitchen in your socks.

7. Tell each other jokes

Laughter equals connection.

8. Play a game

Stuck in the car? Play a car game like “I Spy” or “Twenty questions.”

9. Special time before bed is a lovely way to end the day

Lie beside your child or sit at the end of the bed and just spend a few minutes talking or giving a back rub.

10. Roughhouse and wrestle around a bit

Give piggyback rides or horsey rides, swing them around, and chase them.

11. Visit their world

Get involved in something that your kid is interested in. Ask questions. When we show kids that we care about the things they care about, they feel connected.

12. Do a chore together and make it fun

It has to get done anyway, so you may as well use the time wisely and play while you work!

13. Become journal buddies

Whether you just use a composition notebook or buy a journal like Journal Buddies: A Boy’s Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence or Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter: A No-Stress, No Rules Journal, writing back and forth is a great way to connect with your child.

14. Get outside

Spend those 5 minutes outside playing tag, looking for bugs, or collecting leaves. Play hopscotch, blow bubbles, or jump rope. Hula hoop, toss a ball, or walk the dog. You get the idea! However, with pandemics, it might be not easy to go out, hence we find another way to build a playground in your home with a playhouse! noP has a various playhouses that you can try and allow you role play, find out more from https://nop.social/product-category/all/hobbies-toys/educational-toys/!

15. Break out the photo albums

Looking back at old memories and cheeky baby smiles is an instant mood booster and a great way to spend quality time with your loved one.

Reference: https://www.mother.ly/parenting/15-ways-to-connect-with-your-child-in-5-minutes-or-less

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