Moms: How to Build Strong Relationships with Your Kids
Being a mom has been one of the most enjoyable times of my adult life. It has also presented me with a few big challenges along the way. Sometimes I have wondered why kids don't come with a manual like everything else. I suppose it's because every child born, is born unique to themselves. This time I must say, “THANK GOODNESS.” Each of my kids are night and day, and it is what makes them so special. So how can we as moms successfully build a relationship with our kids that will last even when they become adults?
How to Build Strong Relationships with Your Kids
- Start when your child is young.
- Give your children privacy. They appreciate it when you knock instead of barging into their room. Or you could ask them about their day instead of sneaking to read their journal while they are at school. (A small amount of privacy is good for even younger children.)
- Show them respect. You are the parent, but that does not mean you should talk down to your child, embarrass your child or initiate an argument.
- Open lines of communication with your child. Show them you are trustworthy; don't tell your friend, who will tell her friend, until it gets back to your child. Do not blow your top about everything; pick your battles.
- Spend time with your kids. Let them know they are important! It does not have to be all about spending a lot of money. Rent a movie, have family game night or family cooking night.
- Encourage your kids to invite their friends over, then get to know your kids' friends. Reach out even more by allowing your child to invite a friend along on a trip or vacation. Make your home and family appealing to be around.
- Show your child you trust them. Give them responsibility and privileges appropriate for their age.
These are just a few ways that we, as mothers, can build a happy, healthy relationship with our children that will last.
What do you do to strengthen your relationship with your children?
Robin Greene is a mom of two teenagers and has enjoyed watching her children grow and mature. She enjoys spending as much time with them and their friends as possible. Robin teachers Kindergarten and is a freelance writer for mybabyclothes.com. Get your little ones dressed in the most unique baby clothes, beautiful baby tutus and dapper baby hats this Spring.