10 ways to help build a better connection with your child

We all have a need for those close moments with our children that make our hearts melt. Connection is just as important to parents as it is to our children, because that's what makes all the sacrifices so worth it.

The connection we share with our children is one of the reasons they willingly follow our rules & guidance. Kids who feel strongly connected to their parents want to cooperate, if they can. They'll still act like kids, which means that at times their emotions will have upper hand but that is also part of growing up. When they trust us and understand that we are on their side, they are motivated to follow our lead.

There are days when all we can do is meet our children's most basic needs. Some days it's nothing short of heroic simply to feed them, bath them, keep an encouraging tone, and get them to sleep at a reasonable hour — so we can do it all over again tomorrow! Especially now during this challenging time.

The only way to keep a strong bond with your child is to build in daily habits of connection. Here are a few ways you can add build a stronger connection with your children without having to add time to your day.You'll find that using them daily changes everything.

1. Aim for 12 daily hugs

Snuggle with your child first thing in the morning for a few minutes, and just before bedtime. Hug when you say goodbye and when you see each other again. Make eye contact and smile, this is a different way of touch.

2. Laugh together