Struggling to find ways to connect to your older kid? If so, below are very simple and easy ways to make effort to connect with your child. They grow so fast, and before you know it they will be off to college! It is so important that you get in time to connect with your kid when you can!
No matter what your child’s age is, they still crave love and attention. So that is the main thing, just make time for them, listen if they want to talk and be there! The best way to raise a child is with love! Below are easy ways to connect to your older kid, ages 8-12.
Simple Ways to Connect With Your Older Child
If they are being quiet: If you see they are being extra quiet, try to get them to talk. Ask them about something you know they are interested in. Maybe a video game, movie that they love, or something else. Showing you care and trying to help them if they are having a rough time, without coming right out and asking can help them a lot.
Ask How Day Was: Even if you only get a one word answer, it shows them that you are interested. One day you might be surprised and get a little story of something cool that happened!
Be Spontaneous: Make sure to do things on a whim! If your child has been good maybe head to your local frozen yogurt shop for a treat. Do something that you don’t normally do, to give yourself more fun time with your child.
Ask for Help: If you have some outside chores needing to be done, ask for help. By doing it together you can have a little time with each other to connect. Rake up the leaves and jump in them like you did as a kid. Or let them help in the kitchen as you make supper. Do whatever you can see let them get hands on and spend time with you.
Let them Choose: Have them pick out something they want to do for the weekend. Maybe they want to watch a movie that is coming out, play mini golf, or go to the skate park. Whatever it is, let them get to choose something fun for the family to do.
Play time: Go shoot some hoops outside, play a board game, or whatever else your child likes. Make sure to make time for fun activities. Nothing is better then seeing your child laugh away and have a good time!
Say Goodnight: Make sure as you go to bed each night, you say good night to your kids. Tell them how thankful and proud you are of them, give them a hug and tuck them in. All kids love praise!
How do you connect with your kids?