10 Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child

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We all crave those close moments with our children that make our hearts melt. That’s what makes parenting worth it. Connection is as essential to us as parents as it is to our children. When our relationship is strong, it’s also sweet — so we receive as much as we give.
That connection is also the only reason children willingly follow our rules. Kids who feel strongly connected to their parents WANT to cooperate. They trust us to know what’s best for them, to be on their side. I hear regularly from parents that everything changes once they focus on connecting, not just correcting.