We’re so involved in the “care and feeding” of our kids that we don’t stop to think about the “prepositions” of raising children.
We begin by taking care of them and doing many things for them such as bathing, feeding and clothing. We take them to the doctor and dentist.
As they start to develop their language skills, cognitive ability and awareness, it’s time to move away from the “to do” list.
Focus time and energy being with them and having a relationship. It’s critical to spend time with them just being together without an agenda of chores to accomplish.
If they’re in elementary school, let them stay home. Have a pajama day where you hang out, make pudding for breakfast and watch fun movies and shows.
When they move into middle and high school, they can’t miss a day and you’ll have to compete with friends, so make those elementary years count.
You’ll have to be more creative as they get older, but work hard at spending time with them to develop trust.
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