A recent Washington Post article quoted Melissa Milkie, a sociologist at the University of Toronto: “Building relationships, seizing quality moments of connection, not quantity...is what emerging research is showing to be most important for both parent and child well-being...”
So when you find yourself in a hectic day, try one of these to leverage some high-quality moments with your kiddo in five minutes or less:
Show them empathy. If your child is having a moment of high or strong emotion, you might want to walk away or ignore it in a time of inconvenience. Instead sit and validate his feelings while showing him you understand why he’s upset.
Just dance. Turn up your speakers and jam out for the next five minutes. If it happens in the middle of dinner prep, just go with it. Get the whole family jumping and jiving for a guaranteed end in laughs, smiles, and deeper connections all around.
Hold them. Let them get your next five minutes without interruption, hold them for as long as they’ll let you and be the last to let go.
Play a game. A quick game can last five minutes and offer a quality engagement opportunity with your kids at the same time. Coloring together can connect you and your children over moments of picking out and talking about colors, designs and technique.
Read a story. Let your child pick out a few books to read together.
Give a piggyback ride. A quick piggy back ride around the house or even around the room can be something fun and meaningful to a young child who thrives with a little bit of quality attention.
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