Bonding with your children is one of the most important things you must pursue for them, if not, the most important. With a healthy and loving bond between a parent and their child, stems a happy household, domestic peace, a strong support network, positive character, and pursuit of similar relationships.

 

As Michael Ashworth PhD from Psych Central says, for many children this relationship is their first and will affect all future relationships. 

 

You see, your child’s personality is formed within the first 7 years of their life. If you have a healthy and loving relationship with your child, they will grow up not needing to seek validation as a way of filling the parts of themselves they believe to be missing. Instead, you helped them create a confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem that will be harder to break than most. During their early years, it is important to encourage, teach the different between right and wrong, and not shelter them too much that they are oblivious to the reality of the world they will one day have to face without you.

 

Do not underestimate the importance of bonding. Mary Beth Steinfeld, M.D. of the UCDavis Centre states that “failure to do so profoundly affects future development and the ability to form healthy relationships as an adult”. How often have you heard of people having “mummy or daddy problems” or that someone “probably wasn’t hugged enough as a child”? 

 

So what are some ways you can bond with your child? 

 

Playing! 

 

Your child is a beautiful, living, breathing human being that is bursting with imagination, the desire to discover, and some, um…other things you’ll need to clean up. How about you bring out your Kitchen Appliance Play Set or Toy Tools Builder Construction Kit from Zapals?

 

Bernice Abuan

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