It may seem obvious, but it is very important to talk with your children — really talk with them.
In this fast-paced world, it is easy to fall into conversational patterns like, “Hi, how are you?” or “How was your day?” But it’s well worth the extra effort to stay more connected to your family.
One of the most powerful conversation blockers is television. During meals, make “no TV” a priority. That way you can have a family conversation when all your schedules allow everyone to be present.
Children might complain if they have to miss their favorite shows, but make sure they understand that keeping up with other people’s lives, feelings, and concerns is important in every family.
In fact, mealtime conversation can prove enlightening for all involved. You can provide direct attention, support, and advice.
Lively discussions about current events might prevail. Whatever the topic, getting input from all family members succeeds in bringing you all closer together. Real interaction helps prevent misconceptions and misunderstandings.
It’s doubtful that anyone will miss the witty dialogue of a sit-com later in life, but they may well regret not knowing their children or parents as well as they could.
Start when the children are really young and it will be easier. Whatever the ages of your children, remember that interacting with them is always worth the effort.