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Tips to Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Child

 

Building a trustworthy, healthy, relatively conflict-free relationship with our children is a top priority for parents. And learning how to negotiate the changes our children go through as they mature, and determining the line between letting them go and keeping them safe are concerns that most parents have.

Creating a safe, reciprocal and open relationship is one of the hardest tasks a parent and child can face together. But the key is to do it together.

 

Here are some tips to strengthening your relationship

What you can do

Be a positive role model and demonstrate appropriate communication patterns.

Play with them. Play according to their rules, allow them to lead and use their imagination. This type of play is critical in building caring, secure relationships between the parent and the child.

Educate them about gender roles, culture, religion, race and ethnicity in order to build trust, respect and open communication about important topics.

Teach them about safety, expectations and family rules.

Point out their creativity and positive behaviors. This will increase positive behaviors and create authentic self-esteem.

Develop rituals and special times focused on parent-child bonding time. Create “daddy and me” or “mommy and me” play times once a week or once every other week. Let them choose the activity and follow their lead.

Help them develop a sense of right and wrong. Talk about respectful behaviors and answer questions openly and honestly. 

 

For more tips add the Relational Awakening Issue to your MASK Library.

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