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Strengthening a Family Bond

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When your kids are a few years apart, or more, you may be challenged to find ways for them to communicate and socialize with each other. “Big” kids aren’t going to play with baby toys, and may even get upset when their younger siblings try to play with their toys. And, toys for older kids may pose dangers for infants and toddlers. We’ve put together a few suggestions on how you can encourage social interaction and help create a bond between your kids that lasts a lifetime.

Get out and play.

Bundle up and go out and play in the snow. Build a snowman, go for a ride on a sled. Weather permitting, go out for a brisk walk.

Reading.

Set up a comfortable reading area with fluffy pillows and blankets. Cuddle up and read your kids a story. Let them take turns at picking out their story books.

Color.

Break out the coloring books and crayons, or a blank tablet. And, let your kids create their masterpieces. Let them decide if they want to work on their own art, or work together. Break open your colored pencils and your own coloring pages, and join in!

Legos.

Kids love to build things, no matter how young or old they are. It also helps to build creative, problem-solving skills. If you have small kids, make sure the blocks aren’t too small, to avoid choking hazards.

Simple puzzles.

Puzzles create a great environment for your kids to work together to solve a problem. Start out with large pieces which are easier for little fingers to handle.

Supervised computer play.

With your assistance, play online games, together, all on one device. This helps build tactical and problem solving skills. Just remember, don’t play too close to bedtime. Blue light before bed can disturb sleep patterns. Call it quits about 2 hours before bedtime.

Insist on family dinners.

Use dinner time as a time to catch up on the day. Make the dinner table a “no cell phone zone” for everyone, including adults.

Encourage respectful talk.

Include your kids in group conversations. Allow them time to express themselves, uninterrupted, making sure that they understand the importance of listening to others in the same way when others speak.

Above all, be a role model. Exhibit the behavior you want to see in your kids. Social interaction and communication are skills that will last a life-time. And, participating in activities that involve the entire family will solidify your family bond.

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