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To caress tenderly .. to listen openly ... to speak softly .. these are the things we do so naturally when a child is born. That inner need to shower a baby with love and affection, protect and nourish them is so natural. Bonding awakens our keen ability to sense a wide range of discomforts, enabling a mother to understand when her baby is hungry, needing a nap or a diaper change. Bonding is priceless. Our little tots grow up way too quickly and the opportunities to truly connect with them, once missed out, can never be recovered.

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Doing so strengthens a connection the most. However, when more than one sibling comes into play, giving time to each family member separately is more important than ever. The time spent together can be as simple as moments shared after dinner sitting on the porch talking about their day, playing a board game or participating in a hobby they enjoy. Time invested will build memories that will be fresh in the mind of your child, even when he/she reaches adulthood.

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We all know that life gets in the way ... more times than not. However, the more you allow yourself to be torn away from their daily activities, the more your child will feel you no longer care enough to set priorities. Time passes way too quickly. If you want to build a strong relationship with your children, make it a point to get involved every now and then. Create a hobby with them you can do together, have a family board game night, read to them at bedtime, assist them with their homework, make sure you show up for school plays or sporting activities their involved in. Give them some of your leisure time on the weekends.


Apart from sharing your feelings, ideas, knowledge and wisdom with your child, you should be a good listener too. Do not be too quick to reprimand your child when he/she is at fault or has made bad choices. Instead, lend an ear to what he/she wants to say. Rather than showing your interest in punishing your child, be interested in listening to his/her explanations. Understand your child's motives and respond in a positive and rational way.

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Comment by AnitaMarie-momma2four on September 18, 2010 at 12:47pm
This is so precious ,thank you and we as parents of 4 are trying ti implement this and really put this into play. having four kids is hard, to stretch time but we have realized nothing in life is easy= but this time is so precious we just NEED to do this no matter what. but thank you for sharing your idea, i like the porch thing.
Comment by Cosmopolitan Kids on September 8, 2010 at 3:12pm
This is beautiful. Thanks for opening yourself up and sharing.
Comment by Jillian Beedle on August 30, 2010 at 7:55am
Amen SISTA! Lovin me some Monday mornin already! Thanks for a b e a uuuuuu tiful post:)
Comment by Jennifer Muscato on August 6, 2010 at 4:02pm
Thanks! Good advice about cherishing the moment.
Comment by HMCinCali on July 15, 2010 at 2:23pm
Thank you for pointing out the important fact that gets buried under laundry and dishes - childhood is but a blink of the eye.
Comment by quennie on July 14, 2010 at 4:56am
This blog inspires me. Thank you for a warm welcome...

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