I recently received a report from a mom who is practicing setting aside 15 minutes a day for special play time with her toddler. She noted that not only has her daughter’s clinginess and whining decreased but she also spends more time playing with her brother instead of needing mom’s constant attention.
“Can this be a result of playing together?!” she asked me incredulously. To put it simply – YES!
Children these days are expected to live in the fast-paced world of adults.
We haul them on our errands, enroll them in extracurricular activities like swimming and gymnastics, and fill the evenings and weekends up with play-dates and birthday parties.
Each activity on its own has merits for social, emotional and intellectual learning, but when you put them all together it seems like a never-ending succession of tasks and appointments.
I’d like to encourage you with the thought that 15 minutes is a small investment of time that, when used with focus to build the bond between you and your child, will compound its goodness over time and could actually save you time down the road.
My challenge to you until we meet here again is to determine how and where you can dedicate 15 minutes each day to building your smart child and your happy family. Make it a great day!
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