This is the fourth a series of blogs about the benefits of what research refers to as connectedness.
Since parent-child connectedness is defined by the quality of the emotional bond between parents/guardians and their children, by how mutual their bonding is, and by how long it lasts over time – it’s helpful to outline some important elements.
From the beginning, a parent needs to foster and provide:
- An atmosphere of trust, including physical and emotional support, openness, protection, and encouragement;
- Communication that signals (verbally or otherwise) love, affection, and warmth, allowing for the exchange of feelings and ideas;
- Appropriate structure, discipline, monitoring, and guidance that ultimately leads to responsible independence; and
- Shared time together that combines meaningful interaction, guidance, and support combined with plenty of laughter, play, and fun.
Is it time for a self-evaluation to see if your relationship with the kids in your life is characterized by these elements?