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“I love you, Mommy!” is what my preschooler said to me as we sat down to eat together, just the two of us. His simple joy in going out with Mommy made me realize it’s too easy to get swamped by everything we have to do.
We accidentally push our preschoolers aside in favor of running older children to all their activities or taking care of the baby when we should connect with our preschoolers every day.
3 Ways to Connect with Preschoolers
1. Tea Parties
Preschoolers love tea parties, so sit down with your preschooler for an actual tea party with just the two of you and maybe a stuffed animal or two. You can put a beautiful table cloth down and pull out nice china to drink from.
Chat about friends and games. Share tales from when you were a child. Make it a special time with peppermint tea and a few cookies.
2. Run Errands
Preschoolers do slow you down when running errands, but it’s also a wonderful time for the two of you connect. My own preschooler loves to leave with just mommy. He gets to be my big helper for the day.
You can chat in the car about books you’ve read or movies you’ve watched. Ask your preschooler to help make simple decisions and pull small items off the shelves for you. Don’t rush and enjoy this one-on-one time with your preschooler.
3. Watch a Favorite Movie
I know you’ve seen your preschooler’s favorite movie a thousand times already. It’s watched day in and day out. Let me ask you though, when was the last time you actually sat down to watch the show with your child? I know I’ll often turn on a favorite movie so I can get dinner on the table or laundry folded.
Instead of chores, sit down with your kid and watch the movie together. Perhaps even pop popcorn and make it a special time for the two of you. Afterwards you and your child can share your favorite scenes and chat about the various characters.
In our busy daily lives, it’s not easy to make the time to connect with our preschoolers. After all, there’s laundry to fold, dinner to cook, and diapers to change. However, it’s vital that we make the time to connect with our preschoolers. Too soon they’ll be grown and leaving the house.
How do you connect with your preschooler?
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