Ways to Bond with Your Toddler

Are you looking for ways that you can bond with your toddler? Everyday life is so busy, little quality time is left with your toddler? I have some Ways to Bond with Your Toddler.

Ways to Bond with Your ToddlerWays to Bond with Your Toddler

Why is bonding so important?

Strong bonding and attachment are the main predictors of how well your child will do in school and in life. This relationship impacts the future mental, physical, social, and emotional health of your child.

A strong and secure bond allows your child to feel secure, understood, and calm enough to experience the optimal development of his or her nervous system. The brain is the control center of the nervous system. An optimally developed brain will provide the best foundation for life for your child. This will provide your child with a feeling of safety that will allow them to learn, have a healthy self-awareness, trust, and empathy.

What is keeping you from building that bond with your Toddler?

  • Quality Time
    • After work, time is filled with the daily chores
  • Limited Interaction with your Toddler
    • In the busyness of your day you forget, your toddler needs your attention
  • Activity filled Life
    • Daily activities fill the time, right up until bedtime

7 Ways to Bond with Your ToddlerWays to Bond with Your Toddler

  1. Make a Date with Your Toddler
    1. Create special times to spend focused on your toddler. Eat out, visit the zoo, play at the park, or going to the library are just a few ideas.
  2. Get Crafty
    1. A craft allows you to focus on an activity together with your child. Creating crafts together with your toddler is time well spent. Toddlers can develop many skills through craft activities. Seasonal crafts are a great idea.
  3. Spend an Hour a Day with your Toddler
    1. Rearrange your schedule to make one hour available every day to spend with your toddler. Use this time for connecting and focusing on your child. This often requires giving something up.
  4. Do Some Gardening
    1. Toddlers want to spend time with their parents, use their hands and are anxious to help. Gardening is a great learning experience to share with your toddler.
  5. Take a Road Trip
    1. Road trips are an opportunity for quality time together. Conversations, singing, stories, learning is all possible on a road trip. The quality of the time together is what is most important, not the destination.
  6. Bond with BooksWays to Bond with Your Toddler
    1. Quiet time is great for bonding. Time together sitting close, focusing on pictures and learning is special time spent with your toddler. A chance for your child to learn and for you to share your stories makes this an intimate time together.
  7. Create Rituals
    1. Bedtime routine, blueberry pancakes on Saturday morning, a song before bedtime, or game night creates a closeness with your child. Your Toddler will feel secure and your bond will grow stronger.

A Strong Bond with Your Toddler Creates a Foundation that will Last a Lifetime

The benefits of a strong bond will go with your child as they begin school. Research shows children with less behavioral issues and higher reading scores when father and mothers were involved in their lives. The strong bond created between parents and children provides benefits to their children throughout their life.Ways to Bond with Your Toddler

 

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12 Comments

  1. Kevin Bulmer

    I love the suggestions you’re making here, Janice. When my boys were young, they loved being included in just about anything I was doing. They just wanted to be a part of it.

    When my oldest son, Eddie, was a little fellow, every Sunday was known and “Daddy/Eddie” day. His mom would go have time for herself somewhere, and I would cart Eddie all over the place with me, from carrying him in his portable car seat up through his start of school. I went from placing his car seat on the grocery cart to him sitting in it to him walking beside me or pushing the cart. For years, every Sunday, no matter what, we did everything together. And we are thick as thieves still, even as he’s in his teenage years.

    Similar to your suggestion of gardening, my boys would delight in visiting my Mom (their Grammy) to create fun foods with her in the kitchen, etc. Looking back, I’m so glad we’ve spent that time. You’re right: it does create strong bonds.

    Best wishes,

    Kevin

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    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      Bonding is often stressed during infancy and you do not hear as much about as children grow. The truth is the first 5 years are the most critical for laying a foundation for our children emotionally.

      Thank you so much for sharing your story and the way that you bonded with your son. One special day a week created strong memories as well as that strong bond.

      Reply
  2. Daybe

    I’m not a mom but I am about to be a first-time aunt! This article definitely gave me some insight on interacting with babies in a positive, healthy way and also building a mini-friendship with your child. I am going to have to pass this on to my sister-in-law for some tips on motherhood. Thank you!

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    1. Janice

      Please share the site with your sister-in-law and your brother too. Reading about things ahead of time helps to prepare you for some of the experiences ahead.

      As a first-time aunt you will have an opportunity to bond with you new niece or nephew. Take advantage of those opportunities. Your relationship is an important part of their development too.

      Thank you for your support.

      Reply
  3. Cynthia

    This article is very beneficial to parents since our lives have become much more complicated. Most mothers work now and must really concentrate on spending quality time with their toddler.
    Grandparents can glean a lot from your article also. I think you have given them some insight and ideas of how to spend quality time with their grandchild.
    Very interesting article.

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    1. Janice

      It is so easy to get caught up in our busy world. For young children they need the quiet one-on-one time to create bonds with those closest to their lives. The activities can be very simple and cost nothing at all. Usually those are the most meaningful as well.

      Thank you for your comments and support. Share the site with those you know can bebefit from the information.

      Reply
  4. Andrew G

    Wow, that such an important topic to be developing our youth in so many ways. This should be a focus for all of us with young ones. We have this feeling every day that we have to get so many things done. But that is priority and I will keep trying to do more so with my 7 year old.

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    1. Janice

      There is no denying that life keeps us busy. But there is no greater responsibility and no greater joy than the time we spend with our children. Give them a secure foundation to build on that will benefit them throughout their life.

      I also believe that young children are a great stress relief. tTime to laugh and play with children is good for us!

      Thank you for your comments. If you found something valuable please share the site with others.

      Best regards!

      Reply
  5. Cathy

    I think reading to your child, even when they are in your womb, is a great way to bond with a toddler. Recognizing your tone give them confidence and help them learn their vocabs easier.

    I also think that children who are being read to often, are usually more mature and comprehend things and emotions better than children who reads passively.

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    1. Janice

      Cathy, you are absolutely correct with your emphasis on the importance for reading.

      There is not singular thing that you can do for your child that has a greater benefit for them throughout their lifetime then reading to your child. Reading to your children at any age is absolutely bonding and beneficial!

      Thank you for sharing your insight. Please share the site with other that you know who will benefit from the information provided.

      Best regards, Janice

      Reply
  6. Marlaine

    You’ve listed some great ways to bond with your kids! I agree that creating rituals is a fantastic way to make memories – my husband every morning “shaves” with my son, and then they “make coffee for Mommy and Daddy” together. Every morning, without fail. And it has become SUCH a special time for them!
    Children are such wonderful blessings – spending time playing with and bonding with them is one of the best things we can do for them!

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    1. Janice

      Thank you Marlaine for your comments. I couldn’t agree more!

      There are so many ways that you can create a bond with your children. They do not have involve spending a lot of money or getting away. Those special bonding times can happen in very small ways right at home on a daily basis!

      Best regards, Janice

      Reply

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