Connection Part 2

Being a peaceful parent, creating a positive family life, enjoying being at home, and successful all boils down to connection.  Connection is your number one tool for discipline, and connection is what makes peaceful parenting possible (and probably why you strive for peaceful parenting in the first place!).

Here are some ways to connect:

snuggle up and read stories

read aloud to them even when they learn to read themselves

leave time for connection in your morning and bedtime routines

sit down for meals together

put the computer away (and tv off) for most of your kids' awake time

invite them to join you in your cooking, housework or creative activities and make them accessible

spend plenty of time at home together

limit out-of-the-house structured activities, car trips and errands, and try not to rush around

tell stories and sing songs

use rhythm to emphasize connection as a priority

figure out your child's love language and use it

really listen when your child is talking to you

show your child respect and use your good manners with them

stay with them when they are having a big emotional outburst

go on a date with your child, even if it's just a one-on-one walk or trip to the park

warm smiles and eye contact

have special times when you play with your child and follow his lead

start family traditions around festivals, seasons, and life transitions like losing a tooth

share your passions, do what you love in front of your kids

make time and space for your child's interests and passions

use non-violent communication and problem-solve at family meetings with older children

have your teen's friends over for dinner often

model connection with your partner or spouse

apologize when you mess up

go camping and hiking together

slow down and enjoy living in kid-time

What are your favorite ways to connect?