As we start the new year, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on our parenting goals and priorities.
One area that is particularly crucial for cultivating strong and positive relationships with our children is being present as a parent.
Being present as a parent means actively paying attention to and engaging with our children in the present moment.
It involves being emotionally and mentally available to our children, rather than being distracted by other things or preoccupied with our own concerns.
Being present as a parent also involves being fully engaged in our children’s activities, listening to them, and being open to their ideas and feelings.
But being present as a parent is about more than just being physically present with our children.
It’s also about showing them love, support, and appreciation, and being there for them when they need guidance or help.
It’s about fostering a positive and supportive relationship with our children, and being an active and engaged part of their lives.
As we start the new year, let’s make a commitment to being present as a parent.
Whether it’s setting aside dedicated time to spend with our children, minimising distractions when we are with them, or showing them love and appreciation, there are many ways we can be more present and engaged with our children.
By doing so, we can create strong and positive relationships with our children and support their emotional, social, and cognitive development.
Let’s be present as a parent and give our children the love, care and support they deserve.