Simple ways to emotionally connect with your child

*Place an importance on Family Days – once a month allocate a Sunday for family day. Each of the members of your family take turns to plan an activity that your family can share and enjoy together

*Write your child a letter and send it to them in the mail or put it in their lunch box

*Go for a drive – with no end destination. The car is an amazing place to have conversations with your children as there is no escape or other distractions

*Make a conscious effort to spend 10 minutes alone with your child each day

*Tell your child that you miss them when you haven’t seen them all day

*Encourage your child to share their emotions and how they are feeling

*Try to have family meals together – at least over the weekend! Set the table with flowers, placements and get out the good glasses for everyone to use! Your family is a great enough reason to celebrate!

*Encourage your child to decide on the family meal. Make the list, take them shopping and them help them prepare their meal

*Once a term give your child a 'day off' to spend with you along doing something together for no reason

*Surprise your child by picking them up early one day from school

*Plan a family movie night – make the tickets, pop the popcorn & snuggle up together watching a family movie

*When your child hugs you, ALWAYS be the last one to let go!

*Include in your bed time routine conversations about your child's day and behaviour. Always send them off to sleep with a full and peaceful heart and mind

*Be kind...ALWAYS

*Say the words "I love you" often...children will never tire of hearing it from you!

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Love Chrissie xx"Empowering families to create the perfect mix of chaos & love"

About the Author

Chrissie Davies

Chrissie Davies is an educator, author, speaker, child advocate, parent and founder of Chaos to Calm Consultancy. With more than twenty years of experience achieving positive, game-changing results for countless families under her belt she is a sought after presenter. Offering a fresh approach to understanding and raising children in a modern world, Chrissie is particularly passionate about creating happier and safer home and classroom environments.

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Chaos to Calm Consultancy would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurung people of the Kulin Nation.We acknowledge the elders past, present and emerging - particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who walked before us supporting and connecting their children to the earth, water and community. Always was. Always will be.

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