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Be The Best Possible Parent: 4 Ways To Make Sure Your Kids Know You’re Always There

With hectic schedules and work overflow, parents can easily get disconnected from kids. That is why it is so important for you to do all that you can to make sure that they know that you are always there for them. You can make sure that you are there when they are home from school so that you can welcome them home with a smile, or even just surprise them with breakfast in bed. There are so many options to consider to help your kids know you are there. Here are just a few tips to help you get started.

Limit Technology

The very tools parents use to stay connected to or reward kids can actually estrange them. While cell phones and computers are necessary in many households, they are no substitute for parenting.  Here are a few things that you may want to consider while allowing your kids to use technology.

  • Do not let your kids get lost in Internet browsing all day and night.
  • Do not spend all your free time wandering the Internet and social media vortex.
  • Set time limits to shut down to start real conversation and interaction with your kids.

Although it may not seem like it this is definitely a great way to let your kids know you are there. They may not appreciate it very much now, but they will in the future. Just make sure to do your research and set the right limits for you and your family. You can even visit Psychology Today to learn more about keeping technology in its proper place at home.

Open Up About Health- Yours and Your Kids’

Kids are very perceptive and worry about their parents. If you take medication for a short-term or chronic illness, keep prescriptions far from kids’ hands but be sure to show them what you are doing. Let them know you have special medicine and explain what it is for. Reassure them you are not taking it because you are sick, but because you want to stay well to be there for them. This can really help get rid of a lot of their fears and help them rest assured that everything is okay.

It is also a good idea to make sure that you and your kids are getting a proper amount of sleep and exercise. Make sure that you exercise and prepare nutritious meals together to reinforce a family mindset of staying healthy. Let’s Move! is one government initiative to help your family start making everyone’s health a priority. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Face Challenges or Changes in Routine Together

Sickness or routine health care causes just as much anxiety for kids as adults. Luckily, places like Edwardsville Family Dentist do all that they can to help their patients feel safe and comfortable. When it comes to taking your kids to the dentist, or any other medical appointment you are going to want to make sure that they feel safe and comfortable. Here are just a few tips to help make that possible.

  • Help smaller kids draw pictures about what they expect will happen soon.
  • Guide older kids to write out their thoughts about the next day.
  • Use the Internet to show them the offices and medical staff ahead of meeting for the first time.

Make Contact Cards

Give your kids your “business card” to keep in their pockets and backpacks. Include the family’s home address and phone number along with your work address, phone number and cell phone number. Make sure to include another emergency contact who can always reach you. Get construction paper and markers so your kids can personalize these cards as part of a fun family activity.

There is definitely nothing more important than letting your kids know that you love them and are there for them no matter what. Just make sure that you are constant with the little things and tell them that you love them as much as you can. It really is amazing how much of a difference little things like this can make.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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