What we parents don’t always realize is that we can solve most of our parenting frustrations with a simple fix: time. That’s right, spending quality time with our children. Quality time is not measured on the clock. It can even last a few seconds. But the quality of the interaction is what defines the outcome. A small hug. A quick ‘I love you!’ A little note in their lunch. These small gestures are affirmations in the mind of the child that they matter to you. The more they feel that they matter, the less they will want to disappoint you. This works in the opposite as well. Negative interactions and criticisms will have an alienating effect.
What are you going to do today to draw your child closer?