Technology has increased our ability to multi-task to both our benefit and detriment and we constantly allow our gadgets to interrupt the time we spend with our families. Parenting expert Nikki Bush answered some of our questions:
Why is it important for us to set time aside to unplug and connect with our kids?
Show them that relationships matter, Show that that they matter to us, Show them that we are in charge of technology rather than the other way round, Show that that face-to-face time feels different to connecting with someone virtually.
So what can we do, how can parents connect with their children today, on Family Day?
Unplug today and give your children focused quality time without interruptions.
Play a game together – play is the language of childhood and the language of connection (I will give a couple of examples if there is time)
Take them on a date, such as going out for a burger or milkshake.
Leave your devices at home or locked in your car so you’re not tempted to check them.
Make eye contact with them as much as possible.
Really listen when they speak.
Make the time you actually spend with your children count. You don’t have to buy them off with expensive gifts or experiences, you just need to be present and emotionally accessible.
Unplug, go offline and connect face-to-face. It’s the best gift you can give your child today.