These 11 Activities Can Increase Bonding With Your Child

Activities that can strengthen your bond with your child

Written by Happiness Hassan

Happiness Hassan is an eloquent writer and an avid reader. She is obsessed with her faith and loves assisting women to become a better version of themselves. Her progress in life is a direct impact of her parent's endless support. That's why she is keen on self-development, parenting, and family niche. She realizes how a healthy relationship between parents and their kids can make our world a better place. In her spare time, she listens to motivational audios. In addition, she enjoys decorating, dancing, singing, and crossword puzzles.

April 8, 2021

Kids are expressions of the type of family they come from. Hence, it’s easy to detect when a child is brought up from a mannered home or a disorganized home by their behaviors. It’s the responsibility of parents to teach their children the proper way to live in society. And this can’t be achieved when there is no bond between parents and their child. However, there are various activities parents can do with their child at home to enhance the bond with the child. 

What Activities Increases The Bond Between Parents And Their Children?

1. Deactivate The Strict Mode

Parents, most especially fathers in an attempt to discipline their children put on strict, unapproachable looks. They believe such looks increase the level of honor and respect received from their children. However, this approach imprints fear into your kids and creates separation. Along the line, your children become secretive about what’s going wrong with them and instead share them with someone else.

Take, for example, the case of Amina. Amina was sexually abused severally by her class teacher who claimed to tutor her for her entrance exams. Amina had no one to run to, not even her mom due to her parent’s unapproachable looks. She decided to retaliate and amid the struggle, he slammed her head against the metal door, she slumped and started bleeding profusely. Amina was taken to the hospital, where she regained her consciousness having received intense treatment.

Afterward, the doctor discovered other damages done to her reproductive organs. Hence, called her parents into his office and told them about their daughter’s conditions. Right in front of the doctors, her dad flared up in anger ready to bounce on Amina for living a “promiscuous lifestyle” at such a tender age.

However, the doctor who had earlier discussed with Amina calmed her parents. And further explained how their daughter found herself in such a mess because of their strict behavior towards her. As parents, they weren’t open to their daughter and that made her secretive about the issue.

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In short, become free with your kids to prevent unfortunate future events.

2. Set Rules And Boundaries

This is an antidote to being strict with your kids. It’s helpful when rules are set to regulate your children’s activities. It makes them believe you care for them and want the best for them. For instance, permit your child to go out and hang out with their friends within a stipulated time.

Due to the boundaries, they tend to return home on time with so much joy to share their experience with you. Hence, to know more about your child don’t restrict or confine them within the walls of your house.

3. Play With Your Kids

This is another vital activity parents can do with their children at home. Its true children prefer to hang out with their peers compared to their parents, but it is made possible through the activities they engage in with their parents at home.

The togetherness with your kids is strengthened when you play with them. Such activities include playing games, visiting recreational places, engaging in sporting activities, and lots more help to foster the bond with your child. 

4. Consider Their Opinions

Parents feel they know what’s best for their kids. However, to enhance the bond with your kids consider their perspectives. Be slow to shut them up without hearing the reason behind their choice.

Denying your kids of their freedom of choice decreases their creativity. Hence, as responsible parents always support your kids. Perhaps, you perceive their choice might endanger them, make them understand through the application of the 7 C’s of communication. 

5. Eat Together

One of the activities parents can do with their child at home is eat with them. As a family, the bond of love and unity is ignited when eating together. This provides a platform to boost the bond of love. Also, loosen the atmosphere a bit by complementing the meal and add some table jokes.

Preferably, during this period offer to dish out the meal for your kids and observe their reaction while they eat.

6. Show Love And Say It

Never assume your kids know how much you love them by paying their bills. Move a step higher and show love through gifts, shopping together, helping with their school works, and engaging in craft activities together. Also, cultivate the habit of cuddling and patting your kids.

Most importantly tell them you love them countless times a day. Show your kids more love when they fail at doing something new, your act of love has the power to encourage them to try again and better.

7. Work Together

You would get to know more about your kids when you allow them to help around with the house chores. Instead of doing it all alone while your kids stay and watch you or play games, invite them to help you. Don’t feel as though you are stressing them out.

I tell you, it’s a perfect way of grooming your kids to be hardworking and also drawing them closer to you.

8. Teach Them About Their Faith

Don’t abandon your kids to the teaching received from school or a nanny only, although nothing is wrong with learning from school. But, the knowledge communicated is limited and would not expatiate into their faith and belief systems.

Therefore, create time, probably thrice a week to sit with them and discuss at length the things you as a parent believe in.

9. Spend Some Quality Time

Always spend quality time with your kids by balancing your schedule. When you claim to be busy for your kids they become vulnerable to improper advice from peers and other mediums.

Do you want to increase the bonding tier between you and your kids? If yes, always be there for them, listen to their needs, and provide a solution to their problem. Also, Practice a heart-heart chat once in a while with your kids.

10. Minimize Corporal Punishment 

Raising kids is tasking to do, as a result of this most parents employ corporal punishment to discipline their children, when they go astray from the expected way of behavior.

However, corporal punishment indirectly creates a separation between you and your kids. In essence, the level of discipline you give to your children should be maximized, don’t inflict injuries on your child in a bit to punish them for their wrong.

Conclusion

A strong bond between you and your kids can either increase or decrease based on how you treat and interact with your kids. Hence, the above-mentioned steps are activities parents in Arewa can do with their child at home.

However, don’t become extremely lenient to correct them, to combat this, endeavor to set rules and guidelines to govern your relationship with your kids. 

If you enjoyed this, check out this post on what to do when your parents force you into a career you don’t like here.

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