The Importance of Togetherness
We love to work with our students on their Math, English, and Abacus here at Best Brains of Algonquin. We also understand the importance of having some down time and that it goes hand in hand with work! The most effective use of downtime is working to build deeper bonds with your children. This is time that is dedicated solely to enjoying each other’s company, which can be more difficult than it sounds.
In an unprecedented time like this, it can be challenging to separate work and home life for adults and children alike. However, it is vital to ensure that families find time to simply be together. Whether this be watching a movie, having a game night, or having a family dinner, spending at least 20 minutes together can do wonders not only for everyone’s mood, but also for learning and growing from one another.
One thing to remember is that watching your child play is not the same as playing with your children. Being engaged and having hands-on fun with your children can help you as a parent to learn so much more about what your child enjoys, what makes them laugh, what frustrates them, and how to help them. Not only this, but actively including your child in daily life helps them see just how much you truly love them. Even allowing your children to help you do chores around the house like doing the dishes, vacuuming, etc. allows for your children to feel involved and engaged, therefore boosting their confidence and mood.
Doing all this sounds much easier than it is sometimes. Here are some helpful tips to get some one-on- one time with your children!
- Put electronics away.
- a) Giving your children your undivided attention allows for fun activities and genuine interaction to blossom, which is always a good thing!
- If you have several children, set a timer.
- a) Sometimes it can be difficult to give each child the same amount of attention. To remedy this, try going into each child’s room and set a timer while you’re in there. That way, each child gets their 20 minutes of one-on-one time, and the child can pick what activity you do!
- Hug them often.
- a) If it’s hard to spend time with your children individually, remind them of your love through a small act several times a day: a hug.
You will notice when you and your child get back to work, the disconnect will have worked as a reset button and your child will be more open and willing to learn!