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I’ve talked about the importance of one on one time with your children many times in the past but given that the school year is upon us and our schedules are about to get a heck of a lot busier, I figured that this was a good time to chat about it! I have found this to be a parenting hack that will improve so many things including your child’s overall behavior, your sanity and most importantly, the relationship with your child.
Before I dive into today’s post, my oldest and I are wearing our head to toe Under Armour gear. She was so excited to pick out her new sneaks for the school year (she’s growing like a weed) and a few new items for soccer! The sneakers are adorable on her and fit TTS! I am wearing a new pair of leggings and LOVE the cut of the leg (take a closer peek in my stories today). The sneakers ARE SO DANG CUTE but be aware that you should size up one half size! I love Under Armour for my workouts and for my kids’ physical activities!
& here are a few other back to school must haves from Under Armour:
My oldest is extremely sensitive and loves to have her one on one time. It’s really important for her and I try to do this with her at least once a week if not more. This week we took a drive to get her Kindergarten supplies for school stopping along the way for some coffee and hot chocolate! Touching base with your children alone allows them to open up about things that they may not want their siblings to know about. It also allows them to have your full attention without having to compete with others (or even your spouse)!
As we get busy throughout the school year I KNOW how hard it can be to make this work. These one on one dates can be something as simple as 10 minutes before bedtime! Switch on and off if you have multiple kids. Nap time is another great opportunity to connect with the older siblings.
Aside from one on one time, we truly believe that dinner time should be done together as a family and have it be a time when everyone talks about their day, whether it was good or bad. A few questions we ask are:
What was your favorite thing that happened today?
What was your least favorite part about today?
Is there anything you have questions about from your day today at school?
Every single one of us will do this – including us! It’s really important for the kids to see that we also have good AND bad parts of our days and that it’s totally normal!
I would love to know what you have incorporated into your own home and how it’s working out for you in the comment section below!