Time together – Empathy is the foundation and core!
Nourishing the child with undivided attention
In order to keep a balance between family, work, and personal life when we are together all the time, we need to rely more than ever on being mindfully present and sensible with each other.
Only by being fully present during those parts of the day when we are with our kids, setting aside distractions and focusing only on them, can we be open and perceptive to our child’s needs. If we can’t manage that, everyone in the family will become more disturbed and frustrated every day.
Practical suggestion on how empathetic and respectful care can support your growing relationship with your child can be found at: https://www.beginningwell.org/en/empathetic-and-respectful-care/
Take the time to speak about hurtful and stressful situations in an age-appropriate way. We want to nurture and support our family, not turn our home into a construction site or garbage dump.
Example and Imitation
Young children learn primarily through imitation. Whatever you as a parent asks from your child:
E.g. less snacking in between meals, just doing one thing at a time, being focused …
you need to do it yourself, too.
The child imitates your actions, your inner attitudes, thoughts and feelings.
Consumption of mobile phone and other new media
Our awareness of how we spend our time is urgently needed.
What am I reaching out to at first in the morning, my phone, partner or child?
How often am I looking at my iPhone or iWatch during the day?
How often am I quickly texting someone and asking my child for patience rather than putting the phone away and looking at it only at certain times?
Charming reminders to put our phones down or be fully present placed around the kitchen and elsewhere may help us to be more mindful of our actions until they become a matter of course.
An article about The Media-Responsible Family – Why it’s worth setting a course early can be found at: https://www.beginningwell.org/en/media-responsible-family/
- Spend time surrounded by Mother Nature
- Notice the awakening spring
- Bring home treasures you find outdoors and create a seasons table
- Plant seeds or care for houseplants or cut flowers
- Plan a garden
- Play and dance together
- Try some artistic activities
- Depending on your child’s age, paint a family picture with e.g. the topic:
How can we create a new family life, in which everyone feels appreciated and well? You might be surprised by the visual result.
- Crayons and paper can provide lots of entertainment
- Scissors, tape, and glue, too, can be lots of fun
- Gather disposable items and make a sculpture
- Read books together or just look at their pictures (depending on your child’s age)
- Cook/bake: Create and/or find new recipes
- Children love to help with all kinds of household and garden activities