Today’s lifestyle is focused on electronic connections. The amount of screen time has exploded along with the information age. Studies show that teens spend approximately nine hours a day in front of screens. Kids aged 8-12 get about six hours of screen time each day, creating a society that is being raised in a digital environment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one hour a day in front of screens for children aged 2-5. However, meeting that healthy goal is challenging. The technology explosion means that connecting with your children is more important than ever. Without a strong foundation of parental connection, your kids won’t be able to develop the ability to love themselves, and eventually others.
The only way to build a truly strong relationship with your child, so that you have the ability to guide them as they grow older, is through positive, steady connections. Affirmative interactions are essential for healthy development, but there are some days when just taking care of your child’s basic needs is all you can do.
Since parenting, for most, takes place usually after a full day’s separation, building daily habits of connection can enhance and solidify your relationship with your child. Taking time to connect with your child also minimizes stress and other behavioral problems.
When you connect with your children every day and in a number of ways, you’ll gain benefits too. The relationship you build will establish positive returns. When your kids become teenagers, they’ll be able trust your guidance and will actually want to follow it. Plus, the connections you generate will provide lifelong memories that bind your hearts together in beautiful love.
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