Did you know that there’s not much difference between a preschooler and a tween/teenager?
I know what you’re thinking…
“You must be nuts Samantha! My teenager is incredibly different than a preschooler. He is far more independent, has his own voice, makes his owner decisions, has his own style, and is far more advanced than a preschooler is…not to mention his pierced ear and potent body odor…both of which he didn’t have as a little one.”
I hear you, I promise. But, I’m sticking to my original statement, so let me clarify…
When it comes to getting along and forming solid relationships, both preschoolers and tweens/teens need the same exact things.
They both need patience, understanding, and have the need for you to say and do nice things for them–just to name a few!
These are all acts of kindness.
Certainly, they will be communicated differently, depending on the age of your child. But, when you use my recommended 4 acts of kindness (that work for both age groups), you’ll notice you’ll have a much easier time connecting and building strong relationships with your kids.
Watch my video now to discover what these 4 acts of kindness are and how to use them.
The 4 acts of kindness you can show every day to your tweens/teenagers are…
- Say kind words to your child–tell them how much you like them or how proud you are of them for specific grown-up/mature skills.
- Be mindful of your tone – Just because your child is sassing you, doesn’t mean you get to sass back.
- Be conscious of your body language– be careful not to use overwhelming body language when interacting with your child.
- Show your kids you have time for them – set aside time every week to spend with your kids and follow their lead. They need to feel like they get to call the shots sometimes.
Use these 4 acts of kindness, and I promise you won’t have to wait years until your child turns 18 and moves out to have a great relationship with them.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to start connecting with your child now, I want to invite you to a half day Power of Me Mother-Daughter Retreat hosted by me and my good friend Katie Thune.
During this event, mothers and daughters will take part in activities like partner yoga and arts and crafts to strengthen their bonds and have an enjoyable day together.
Sign up for this fun event here.
Check out what one mom and daughter had to say about their time together at the Power of Me Mother-Daughter Retreat…