Make those little moments that you share with them together that make those shared moments special.
I have just rewritten the About page of GoKids. I had to say, in almost 2 years of trying out a few things in between, I came right back to where I started and my passion. My passion is about GoKids – about family connections and empowering the love of learning in children through FUN daily interactions.
First of all, I would like to thank you all for being patient with me while I was figuring switching websites, messages and so much more. Thank you for staying with GoKids | GoParents, and I will continue to spread the message of Family Connections and ways of empowering the love of learning in your children through daily fun interactions.
I had the pleasure of being a full time mum with my children during their formation years; we had such fond memories of grocery shopping, home chores, bush walking, pizza days, library days, singing karaoke together and so much more. Those activities not only are fun and give opportunities for connections with your children, but you are setting a great foundation for your children's learning.
(1) When you go grocery shopping together with your children:
You are guiding your children about different types of fruits and vegetables and their texture and what they are called, how things are laid out, the cost of products, numbers, values, shapes and sizes etc.
Older children will be able to read from the shopping lists and find the products for you by searching through the aisles, learn to read the name of the products on the shelves, and other maths skills.
(2) When you are working on home chores with them – for example vacuuming the carpet:
They are learning how to operate the vacuum cleaner; they learn how to use their body to maneuver the machine around the furniture, or whether the machine works better on hard surfaces or carpets. They may consider if other equipment works better on hard flooring, i.e. broom and pans etc.
When my kids were helping me with the cleaning, we would have the music on or we would talk with each other. For example, my son would be in charge of the dining room and his bedroom, and my daughter would be in charge of her room as well as the hallway.
They learnt to take turns as when one was vacuuming, each other will help by moving the furniture (light) around or remove other things from the floor. So communicating with each other at the same time. Sometimes they would argue about the other taking too long and not doing it right, and the other would complain that they were tired of waiting…
I would sometimes tried to step in and interfere (I should have let them resolve it themselves)… however, what they learnt from this exercise was how to move their body (motor skills), how to operate a machine (logical & movement) and most of all, how to take turns by communicating (verbal and interpersonal skills) with each other.
Relationships and bonding are built on those daily constant interactions and shared experiences, and they are crucial for your children's healthy development.
Finally, make time in your day just to listen, involve and connect with your children whenever you can. It does not have to be an expensive holiday; it is those little moments that you share with them together that make those shared moments special.
Have a wonderful day.