One of the many things that continues to surprise me about parenthood is that it doesn't always come naturally. Sure, you have instincts that kick in and there is definitely a bond that forms between parents and their kids. But sometimes, when temper tantrums rage and I'm at the end of my rope, parenting feels anything but natural. Though your kids are some of the closest people to you, some days it can feel challenging to forge an authentic relationship with them. Luckily, there are lots of great ways to get closer to your kid in one afternoon that you can set in motion today.
Kids aren't all that complicated. No matter the age of your child, getting close to them isn't rocket science. Though it will take patience and actual effort on your part, it's usually possible for even the most distant of parents to create a lasting bond with their kids.
The parent-child relationship is complex, beautiful, and arguably one of the most important of their life. So being intentional with the kind of relationship you create is important. Start small, just one afternoon, and in no time, you'll feel closer to your kid and less like a parent just waiting for those instincts to kick in. And if you don't know where to start, here are a few ways to get closer to your kid before bedtime.