Raising a child in the 21st Century still takes a village.
It’s not easy.
We all lead complicated and very busy lives. Whether we’re at home full time, working 30 hour weeks or home for the moment; making it all work takes a lot of effort and planning.
With a little planning we can keep up that connection to our kids wherever they maybe whilst allowing them to grow and not hovering and micro managing their time.
How do you keep the connection going when your child starts daycare, preschool or big school? What type of activities can you do to build connection? Who do you turn that prompts and encourages you or makes you think differently with your problem? How do you keep connection with multiple carers and little time?
I have some answers for you. I have found five places you’ll love. Just so you know a little more about them you can check out a few of their posts.I’m looking forward to you recommending many more so don’t forget to leave those places in the comments.
Places that help you maintain that connection with your kids
Just recently discovered the awesome, Shawn of Awesomelyawake.com. I love her gentle style of parenting. She’s really good at getting you to think about things differently and weigh up your options. But she’s not full of fluff instead I found her ideas really make a difference.
Amy of Mamascout.com brings a lot of joy, fun and activity to parenting. Her blog is a bubbling with ideas to do and things to make you think further. I love how she doesn’t just dream it but it happens. Amy has a way of getting you doing connection activities without it feeling like it’s a contrived ‘ quality time’. Her trips out are awesome!
Sometimes you just need to be around someone that is inspirational and has many more children to get perspective. I’m loving Finding joy by Rachel. It’s not just that she has a bunch of children but she shares the things that you’ll find yourself nodding your head to constantly. She’s authentic sharing her not so great moments and boy don’t we all those. It’s really refreshing to see the ups and downs in a family. There’s hope!
- ten things moms need to remember
- 7 Ways to Teach our Children to Live Intentionally
- dear moms who have said because I said so
One Perfect day is a really thoughtful blog by Ness. Her recent series on simple ways to connect with your child offers short and simple activities to encourage the action. All easy and achievable with our different lifestyles. Spanning 10 weeks it gives us lots of time to try out these new ideas during the week before the next one comes along. I’ve included just one link but all of them are worth a visit. Ness features play activities too to inspire more opportunities to do with your child.
It takes a special someone who can bring up issues that are usual kept under the carpet. Things that just aren’t discussed enough but we know really impact our relationships and connection with our kids. Maybe you’re a permissive parent, quick to anger, helicopter, distant- you know it already but you’re wondering how to change, how other people feel, what can you do. I love Creative Kids because Alissa brings up these and shares solid advice. I love the other play activities and articles she writes but I really love how she takes the social and emotional aspects of play and our parenting and gives us tools to work with our bits and pieces.
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