1:1 Time With Your Kids
🤳🏼Have you heard people on social media recommend spending 1:1 time with your child each day? I’m someone who recommends this! I suggest each caregiver spend 10 minutes per day of uninterrupted time with each child, as you’re able.
🔑Keys to 1:1 time🔑
〰️Just you and one child
〰️Aim for 10 minutes per day (per child)
〰️No phones, no distractions
〰️Let your child take the lead – read, play, do what they want (obviously within reason)
⭐️Play, especially, helps facilitate parental engagement, and promotes safe, stable, and nurturing relationships (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2018).
🕰If you don’t have time for daily 1:1 play time, involve them in household tasks like cooking, get outside for a quick walk, or take them on an errand
But WHY are people recommending this? What are the benefits?
👥If you have more than one child, that 1:1 time is precious not only for your child to have with you – without having to compete for your attention – but also for you to get a glimpse into their world - to get to know your child’s likes and dislikes, thoughts, and opinions. It builds your connection and trust, promotes their communication and cognitive skills, and social-emotional growth.
A couple of big bonuses:
🏆Giving your undivided attention to your child/ren for “free” (non-contingent attention - meaning, you’re not responding to specific “good” or “bad” behavior) will prevent some challenging behavior that might occur in order to get your attention. Really!
🏆If you have more than one child (and the help and ability to give each of your children 1:1 time), managing one child is often easier than 2+! 😅 Having 1:1 time will help you better appreciate each individual child and you will likely see the “best” in them (and they in you)!
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