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How To Build A Life Long Connection As Your Children Grow Up

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Watching your kids grow up is one of the most amazing feelings that you’ll experience as a parent. From their first steps and first day at school, right through to watching them graduate University and get their first job. Its these magical moments that shape the memories you’ll have of your children for a life time.

However as your kids grow through the different stages of life many parents simply don’t know how to relate or communicate with their kids. And if you’re not careful, it is easy for your children to join the growing surge of young ones who don’t respect their parents.



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But there is good news! Keeping a solid relationship with your kids isn’t as hard as the media makes it out to be. In fact, by investing some time and effort into nurturing your kids as they grow older ensures that you’ll have a great connection for life.

So to help you build an unbreakable bond with your kids that will last a lifetime, here are the 5 fundamentals to help you out.

1. Stay up to date with their life



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As technology continues to increase its very easy to fall out of touch with whats going on in your child's life. So make sure you keep an eye and ear out for what your kids are interested in at any point in time.

Are they into dancing, singing, hanging out with friends, a particular band? By knowing their interests you’ll be able to connect on a deep friendship level with them. Plus you’ll always know which gifts to get come their birthday!

2. Parenting doesn’t end at 16

This is a critical mistake that many parents make while thinking they are helping their kids. Just because kids don’t want to be controlled past 16, it doesn’t mean they don’t need guidance and support.

I have friends who are now in their late 20’s who wish their parents had had a more hands on role in their early adult hood. From making them go to Uni or getting a trade, right through to advising against getting into $10,000 worth of debt at 19.

You don't need to micromanage past 16, but you do need to be there as a guide and advisor who has the benefit of hindsight to keep your kids on track to a successful life.


3. Learn from your mistakes - But don’t stop your kids making their own



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Do you wish you’d stuck at your first job a little longer rather than taking that spontaneous road trip with friends? Well chances are your kids will make the same mistakes during their life.

Whether its marrying the wrong person, choosing a bad investment or failing to get a career, this is where you as a parent need to step in and help guide them. Advise them on your suggestions, but ultimately let them make their own mistakes as next time they’ll trust you without you being seen as controlling.

4. Invest in quality time



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In our busy lives it’s easy to skip on quality time for convenient time. But it’s the few moments in life that you truly give your kids all of your attention that they’ll love for ever.

Whether its a girls night in, a boys camping trip, or simply taking them out to lunch just the two of you, these are the memories that will last for ever that you’ll still bond over 20 years later.

5. Ask lots of questions

When you make friends with an adult, you ask them lots of questions and do very little talking. Well the same principle goes when catching up with your kids as they grow older.

Ask them what they’ve been up to and genuinely care. Dig deep and take interest in what makes them passionate and excited. But make sure you don’t do it in a judging or grilling way.

By knowing what your kids are up to, not only will they know you care about them, but you’ll be up to date so you can help guide them through life.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and remember - There are some times in life that you should simply kick back and have fun with your kids, so make the most of them when they occur, as life is short.

This article was proudly brought to you by Knock On Wood Toys - The leaders in cubby houses that your kids will remember for a lifetime.



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