Positive Parenting: 25 Simple Ways to Connect Every Day

Positive Parenting: 25 Simple Ways to Connect Every Day

Recent research on child development and parenting practices tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others. It also shows us  that children who feel a sense of connection to their parents and family members are less likely to act out, engage in power struggles and fight with sibblings.

Children who feel a strong connection to their parents are more likely to have positive and healthy self-esteem, enjoy learning,  and are generally more cooperative and helpful. 

Here are 25 simple ways to create more connection with your child every day:positive parenting father and son activities that connect

  1. Smile more than you frown
  2. Hug – often!
  3. Say yes a lot
  4. Learn something new together
  5. Share a snack and/or meal together
  6. Write up a love note ( A text for those older kids counts too)
  7. Listen to your child’s favorite song
  8. Hold hands even if for just a moment
  9. Tell your child you missed them while they were gone
  10. Ask your child about highs/lows of the day
  11. Give undivided attention (every little bit counts)
  12. Avoid criticism
  13. Use encouraging words
  14. Create something together
  15. Get outside and play
  16. Admit to your own mistakes
  17. Ask questions
  18. Listen to the answers
  19. Really watch when you hear “Hey! Watch this!”
  20. Talk about dreams & fears
  21. Take silly pictures
  22. Cuddle
  23. Ask, offer & accept help
  24. Create a special hello & goodbye hug or handshake
  25. Keep your promises

There are so many more wonderful ways to connect, so I would love to know, what would you add to this list?

Peace & Be Well,


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Ariadne is a happy and busy mama to three children. She practices peaceful, playful, responsive parenting and is passionate about all things parenting and chocolate. Ariadne has a Masters in Psychology and is a certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. She lives on top of a beautiful mountain with her family, and one cuddly dog.

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