The classic song ‘Cat’s in the Cradle‘ by Harry Chapin is a great reminder to all parents of the need to spend time with and build close relationships with their children. In the song, the father is too busy to spend time with his growing son, only to see the son grow up and be too busy to see his father. The song ends with the words which as parents should either encourage us, or scare the life out of us:
“And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me, He’d grown up just like me, My boy was just like me!”
How you spend time with your kids when they are little, will set the tone for later years. Please don’t wait until they are adults before you suddenly want to spend time with them. It starts at (or even before) birth and carries on for the rest of your life.So, let us put you on the spot and ask you right now:
It’s your family, so how do YOU bond with your kids?
If your answer to the above is, “I have no idea”, then here are some very easy ways to start this great adventure. Check them out and leave us a comment below if you have any additional ideas.
- grab the bikes and head to the local skate park
- have a regular family games night where THEY choose the games to play
- go rock climbing
- have one parent spend time with just one child at a time and go somewhere they want to go (we used to do this month about with our three)
- get the craft supplies in see what you can create
- go hiking / swimming / cycling / skating together
- make dinner together as a regular activity
- go camping or on some brand new adventure
- instead of always being the parent who tells them to get off the video game, learn how to play and spend time paying it with them
- develop a safe YouTube channel together where they can exhibit a particular skill
- do something for others and teach your kids about the importance of giving
- go on a family dinner where they choose the place and menu items.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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