No matter how many siblings children do or don't have, they genuinely enjoy one-on-one time with both or either of their parents. This is also extended to the opportunity to have one-on-one time with teachers, carers, friends and people your kids look up to.
We can be so busy racing around from the second we wake up, until our head hits the pillow at night, that it can be hard to find personal time for yourself, let alone one-on-one time for your kids. But, if you want your girls to feel supported, nurtured and equipped to deal with the little (and sometimes big) issues that get thrown their way, then giving them important personal time with someone they trust and love is vital.
Here's 3 Ideas to create time for your girls to shine.
- READING TIME
No matter what your girls age, they often still enjoy spending one-on-one time with a parent or carer and reading a book together. Whether you read it to them or they read it to you or your child reads it and later discusses the book with you, all of this is a really easy and healthy way to connect with your kids and for them to feel they have all your attention. You will often find this opens the pathway to conversations your kids are needing to have about other areas of their life.
- OUTING TIME
Girls love an outing! Whether it's shopping, morning tea, the movies or an adventure somewhere, girls really enjoy one-on-one time with their mum or dad or carer to feel valued, loved, and special. One-on-one outing time is such a beautiful bonding experience for both parent & child that your child will really appreciate you taking the time to do.
- BED TIME
Just when you want your kids to wind down and go to sleep, bed time can often be a time kids need to download those little questions or niggling thoughts they have rolling around in their brain. Build in rituals at the end of the day where you can sit or lay down with your daughter one-on-one at bedtime. You can put a time limit on it if you need to get on with your evening and for the kids to get a good night's sleep but use this time to let your kids know you are interested in hearing what they have to say. There could be things that have been playing on their mind for days or weeks and that moment when you say lights out might be when they little minds turn on.