Join us in celebrating the Power of Parent Child Relationships this Parenting Week!
Children's most important early relationships are with their parents.
Positive parent-child relationships are important for all areas of children’s development. Spending quality time and showing warmth, care and respect, can strengthen your relationship with your child.
Relationships shape how children see the world because relationships allow children to express themselves. For example, when they cry, or laugh or ask a question they will get a response, those responses give them important information and tells them a lot about how to think, understand, communicate, behave, show emotions and develop social skills.
We love to see everyone getting involved with Parenting Week and so have developed a number of resources which you can use during the week with your children or with the parents and children you work with. Click on the boxes below to download.
It's important that your child knows that you love them throughout all stages of their life. Knowing that you love them unconditionally will make children feel valued and make them more likely to open up to you. You can also show your child that you love them through listening, you body language (warm expressions, smiling, eye contact) and hugging them.
As well as being an enjoyable thing to do together and get you chatting around the table, eating together as a family is also associated with healthier eating habits! You could also try cooking a meal together with your children. Encouraging your child to help prepare a meal is not only a great way to spend quality time together but it's a sensory learning experience that aids your child's development.
Play is so important to children's development. Young children can develop many skills through the power of play. As well as it being fun and helping you develop your relationship with your child, it can help children's language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills.
One on one time with each of your children is great for strengthening your bond with them. There are lots of benefits to individual time with your children including the possibility of cutting back on attention seeking behaviour, building their self-esteem as well as being a way of communicating that you value them.
Some ways to spend one on one time with your kids...
1. Go on a walk together
2. Join them for one of their interests e.g. sports or dance
3. Read books together
4. Play their favourite game with them
Positive communication is about taking the time to listen to each other and being open in expressing your feelings and thoughts. When you have positive communication in your family, it helps everybody feel understood, respected and valued, and this strengthens your relationships.
If you are running an event please let us know and we will promote it on our page as being part of the Parenting Week celebrations. We love seeing what you get up to over the week, especially if you use the free resources! Use the hashtag #ParentingWeek so we can see how you celebrate the week.