The relationship we have with our child depends on the connection we have. Consciously choosing more times of connection means we make this a priority in our lives. We may need to put guidelines in place for ourselves – turning off cellphones at specific times, changing the time of day we prep dinner, making important phone calls only after some invested presence.
How often do you hear children being asked to use their words? It can be a problematic request as high emotions and limited vocab make this a real challenge for children. Perhaps we are better to look at taking our own advice, and look at how using our words could help us in our parenting journey.