When it comes to connecting with your kids do you ever feel like you’re on a date with someone you know nothing about? I do… sometimes. When it comes to making those connections and bonds with our kid’s stronger what better way than through learning. Listen to this episode and how Melissa has cultivated her relationship with her children in part due to her homeschool teaching.
In This Episode:
- Connecting with our children
- Figuring out who your children are before adulthood
- Making learning fun
- The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively by Gary Chapman
- Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type – And Become a Better Parent by
- The Intentional Bookclub
- Having a strong sense of self from an early age will allow kids to use their strengths from the beginning. Too often we don’t discover who we are, how we learn, what energizes us, etc. until we’re adults; how much better would it be to learn those things as children and then grow into those qualities over time?
- When you learn more about who your children are, how they operate, what their love languages are, etc. you’re able to have unique, tailored interactions and relationships with each of them.
- “Connecting with our children through learning is a really powerful thing because not only are you teaching them something and they’re expanding their mind, but then you get to bond with them on that level.”
- Try to separate learning from work so that your children think of learning as fun. There will be some things that have to be done that they might not enjoy, but there are always ways to make learning feel like a reward.
- Whether it’s stopping at a fun exit on the Interstate or making a day trip to see the state capital, look for ways to nurture your kids’ excitement, learning, and sense of adventure.
- Don’t assume that the things YOU enjoyed as a kid will also be enjoyable to your children. Watch for the things they gravitate toward so that you can use those things to your advantage when determining how to teach and connect with them.
- If you’re looking for ways to make learning fun for your kids, start by looking at what your family already enjoys as a base. Maybe that means spending time at the library, traveling somewhere local, researching musicians, or any number of things that bring enjoyment.
- Ask your kids what they enjoy! You might be surprised how many suggestions they have that you’ll then be able to tweak and add in more learning aspects.
- “As parents, we’re modeling that for our kids, that learning never stops and that there are things that we’re passionate about, and making time for those passions…just giving our kids that excitement about being an adult and the fun things that come with that.”
Where You Can Find Melissa:
- Rolling Prairie Readers on Facebook
- Rolling Prairie Readers on Instagram
- The Parent Resource Room Facebook Group
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