Nurture - January 9, 2019

5 Fun Ways To Bond With Your Toddler

Forging a tight bond is usually a high priority for parents of toddlers. As children enter those oh-so-fun toddler years, they start to assert their independence. During preschool, parents begin to see the first signs of outside influence. Children begin picking up words, phrases, and behaviors from schoolmates and teachers. This is also a typical time when many SAHM head back to work or have baby number two. Regardless of why, carving out one-on-one time with your toddler is vital. Luckily, there are so many easy ways to forge a tight bond with your toddler.

Try these five below.

COOK TOGETHER

Cooking is most likely something you do a few days a week if not daily, so why not use that time in the kitchen to create learning opportunities and meaningful moments with your little ones. Not only is there lots of fun to be had in the kitchen, but there’s also the chance for a ton of educating through experience. Get those little hands digging around in bowls of ingredients and expose your toddler to textures. Use spices to introduce new smells and tastes. Teach your younger toddlers fruit and veggie names, play a counting game and review colors. Cooking together also gives you the opportunity to pass down family recipes and talk about anything from old traditions to what’s happening in preschool.

READ TOGETHER

We all know how important it is to read to our toddlers. It helps expand their vocabulary and builds early literacy skills. Reading to your child also helps stimulates their imagination and inspires them to be more creative. Cozying up with a book, giving your child undivided attention and answering all those questions that reading encourages also promotes intimate bonding moments between you and them. It’s a great way to have some real fun together and also a useful tool to wind down and relax after a hectic day.

SELF-CARE TOGETHER 

Usually reserved for Mama’s alone time, practicing self-care with your little one every once in a while is a beautiful way to bond. Modeling how you value self-care helps teach your toddler healthy habits. Showing them how you take care of yourself whether, through beauty rituals, exercise or eating choices sets early examples that will later encourage them to prioritize themselves. Indulging in self-care with your toddler gives you some solid one-on-one time to chat and laugh together.

GO ON REGULAR DATES 

Scheduling a date for you and your toddler might sound funny but having a date with your toddler is a great parenting tool that your child will eventually look forward to if you start implementing it regularly. Regular dates with your little one show them how committed you are to spending quality time together. The simple act of engaging in a favorite activity of theirs or sharing a meal at their favorite restaurant will make your child feel more important. It helps strength trust and gives you a chance to get to know your child better.

THROW SLEEPOVER PARTIES 

Toddlers love sleeping in their parent’s bed, and they seem to find their way in no matter what. Inviting them into your bed, however, makes them feel extremely special. Throwing on some cute pajamas, jumping around in bed and having a pillow fight will feel like a celebration to any toddler. Sleeping together makes your child feel safe, so right after all the fun, cuddle up and catch up. This is a great moment to ask your toddler questions about how their feeling about things in life. Don’t forget to share how you’re feeling with them too!

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