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Fun Ways to Bond

Here are some fun ways you can bond with your kids, have fun, and educate them all at the same time!


If you have a full time job, chances are that you don't get to spend too much time with your children during the week. Weekdays probably whiz past without you realizing it. So turn whatever time you do spend with them into quality time.

What is quality time anyway? Some people feel it is simply an excuse for busy parents who have little time to spare for their kids. Quality time is much more than that. You could be around chatting on the telephone while your child is in her bedroom doing her own thing, or you could be busy cooking, cleaning or watching telelvision, while your child is studying. No doubt some children enjoy having a parent at home, but unless you make sure that you are actually sitting and talking with your child or doing something with your child, you are not really spending quality time with your child.

Maximize your and your child's enjoyment together, by watching great movies and listening to music together.


Children's Movies

Children love going for movies to the cinema. Although some parents take their children for regular movies suited to all age groups, your child will no doubt enjoy herself more if you take her for a children's movie. Also, childhood lasts for a very short time, and you want your child to make the most of it. Fun children's movies can give your child memories to last a lifetime.


Family Classics

Watch an old family classic at home together, like The Sound of Music or My Fair Lady. Young children may miss certain points of the plot, and you can keep explaining it to them. Sound of Music has a historical element to it, where Capt. Von Trapp refuses to support the Nazis, putting himself and his family in danger. You could give your children a brief backgrounder about the Nazis, Jews and Hitler. Can you think of a more enjoyable way of educating your children?


Music

After your child has seen the movie, you could perhaps get the music and let your child hear it. Help her learn the words and sing along with her. As 28-year-old Mary says, "One of my favourite memories is singing along with my mother." Mary's mother taught her the song "Edelweiss" from the movie, and every time Mary hears the song, she immediately remembers her mother. Isn't this a fun way of establishing a bond?

How often do you sing to your children, or teach them songs? Do this regularly. Your children don't have to be musically gifted, and neither do you. If you feel your voice is really intolerable, then teach them songs with the help of tapes. Don't just put them on for your child. Make it a point to sing along with your child. Music and rhythm help increase your child's vocabulary and sentence structure. Your child will be able to speak longer sentences in a shorter time, because she will be used to singing entire songs at a stretch.


Carols

Christmas is coming. What better time to teach your child Christmas carols? Get a cassette of Christmas carols and teach them to your children. Tell them the story of Christmas. You don't have to be Christian giving your child an insight into another culture is another form of education.

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mira.7 years ago
feeling so nostalgic after reading this article! i feel like watching the sound of music right now!
 
 
 
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smita.7 years ago
all the things mentioned here are nice but my son is less than 3 and dosent sit for kids movies also. can you give me some suggestions for that age group.
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sumit.7 years ago
smita we too have a 2.5 yr old son who is as restless and inquisitive as anyone. so we found the best way to entertain him to make up stories of all kinds. some times when we want to get across a message to hi, we try to make up a situation thru a story and end with a very simple moral. finally we ask him about the story & its ending after 2-3 days, and inevtably he remembers. this has somehow helped in forming bonds between us, though i & my wife are both working full-time.
 
 
 
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monisha.7 years ago
isnt it surprising and so simple to make the tiny ones happy. an unexpected bowl of popcorn, an occasional presence in the park, a surprise pick up after school, a new book to cuddle up with during bedtime.... of course, an active involvement of the parents are required.
think i'll invest in a few movies too- sound of music, cinderella (lets all sing bibbidy-bobbidy-boo)....
 
 
 
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Anita.7 years ago
quality time is the most productive time we need to spend as parents with our children. but, whatever we do - movie we may see together, play games, visit a part, call thier friends over, sit and play games, they sure do need us at all times. whatever quality time we spend does not seem enough of fulfilling. how do you deal with this? i have done it all with my daughter, now she insists i quit my job.
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