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6 Best Ways To Bond With Toddlers



How to bond with toddlers

The transition from infant stage to toddler stage is difficult for both the mom and the child. From your perspective, your cooing cuddly baby has suddenly become a wild, naughty child whose favourite word is “no” to everything, and from your child’s perspective, the cajoling loving mom has suddenly become too strict and stern as she is not letting him play with his fascinating toys like kitchen utensils, jewellery and the dogs tail. Therefore building a strong connection with your toddler through daily, attentive play is critical to get you through this tough time with keeping your relationship intact.

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There are a few ways of doing so, both physically and emotionally. Let’s take a look at how you can do it:

  1. One should always hug and kiss their toddlers regularly and physical connection strengthens the feeling of attachment. Your touch, your warmth of love will help your toddler come closer to you
  2. Be attentive towards your toddlers and focus all your attention towards him. Purposefully and consciously let go of all your worries about various financial problems, and other big plans about an upcoming project at work. Be mentally present with him and devote all your attention by playing with him. Tell him stories and listen to that he says, however meaningless it might be to your ears. It’s not possible to be mindful all the daylong but doing it once a day when you are actively playing with your child will make most of the difference
  3. It is advisable to spend 10 to 15 minutes a day with your child as a “special time”. Block all the distractions like television, computer and cell phone and completely devote time to him. Let your child choose to do any activity he wants to do or any stupid game he wants to play, and play with him for the complete 10 to 15 minutes. Use your whole time enjoying with him.
  4. Try reading to your toddler every day. Let him choose the book from which he wants to listen to, and tell him to sit on your lap. Ask questions like “what next? Can you guess?” to keep him interested. If he shows interest in something else rather than listening, let go.
  5. Play games with your child and interact a lot as you play. Hide and seek is a very good game, sing along with him, dance with him, make funny faces at each other. A child loves it when him mom and dad plays with him, but he also wants to take action in the game as well.
  6. Greet him and tell him goodbye every time you are separated from your toddle. Even small separations like going to the kitchen or to the washroom can feel interminable to a very small kid, Kiss him, and tell him where you are going and doing what. Communicating with your child is very important. After all that let him know when you are ready to play with him.

If you follow the above tips your child will gradually start to sense your emotional availability and it is very important to be emotionally present for your child. Stating your availability to your children is helpful even when your child has reached his or her teenage. Emotional availability can be difficult if you are handling demanding jobs and other responsibilities, of course. Many a times our children take emotional refuge elsewhere than in their parents because we are too busy to give them sufficient time and that is definitely our loss as much as theirs.

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Comments

  1. Very nice article..l follow all the above mentioned things although i am attentive to her all the time because of my work but still i try .

  2. nice article. my spending time is making tiny crafts with her.

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