Connect With Your Child

Being close to another human takes work. Many parents whose children are grown say they wish they had spent more time with their children.

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Tips For Parents


Active Parenting



Good Parenting is Hard Work

It isn’t enough that we tell our children we love them.  We need to put our love into action every day for them to feel it.  And when we do that our kids need a lot less discipline!

- Aha! Parenting

Five Tips

Tip 1: Connect on their level

For toddlers, it means stooping down to make eye contact. Get into their space in a safe friendly way. Be sure to have floor time. Get down on the floor with them, in their space and in sync with their energy level, and connect in their world. Everyday set aside time to just be present with your child.

Tip 2: Respond to your child's cues and communication

Tune in with your baby or toddler. Sync to his mood. When they are happy, unset or uncomfortable. Some common clues are:

An arched back - signals overstimulation or discomfort.
A frown - may mean the light is too bright for babies or worry for toddlers.
Crying - may mean many things. Remember to stay calm. Go through your checklist of what your baby might need. For toddlers it might mean – "I'm tired," "I'm hungry," "I don't feel well."

Tip 3: Connect through touch, physical comfort, laughter, and play

Your child needs you. Hold and touch your child often. Give them warm and positive attention. Create a safe environment. One of the best ways to connect is to be prepared. Wake early get yourself ready first. Then you can be more relaxed and connect with your child. Reassure your child whenever needed. Let them know that you love them.

Tip 4: Provide consistent and responsive parenting

Accept and validate your child's emotions. Let them know "Your feelings matter, you will be taken care of" Verbally acknowledging discomfort, happiness, fear or whatever your child is feeling.

Tip 5: Care for yourself and for your own emotional well-being

Your needs are important too. Caring for you means eating well, and proper rest. When needed rely on your support network they help to reduce your stress. Get outside, walk, bike or just sit in the sun. The better you take care of you. The better you take care of your child.