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​Parenting is a challenging but rewarding job. From your child’s primary school to secondary and post-secondary school years, you’ll be juggling your role as a parent, teacher, mentor and friend. To play these roles successfully, it’s important to build a strong bond with your child by participating in fun and educational activities together.

Here are some useful tips on how to spend quality time with your child to build a stronger, happier and lasting relationship.​ 

 

Activities that you and your child can do together:

What these can do for your child:

1

Start from a young age by letting your child decide which story to read, what outfit to wear, where to go during the weekends etc. Start with 2 options at a time because very young children may get confused with too many choices. As they get older, you can broaden their options.

Your child learns to be independent and will also enjoy time spent together more when engaged in decision making.

2

Let your child learn about managing finances by making purchases together! Provide a fixed budget and a shopping list while you accompany your little one in the store. Older children can be allowed to plan the list themselves.

This way, you can have fun shopping for items together while your child learns to manage money independently.

3

Play a sport, like passing a ball, skipping or badminton. Not only are these fun physical activities, they’ll help your child learn about teamwork too.

By working together or competing to score points, you can boost your child’s self-confidence, your parent-child bonding, as well as encourage healthy outdoor fun.

4

Get your child to join in the fun when you are baking or cooking meals. Let them contribute according to their age or ability. A younger child can easily stir a cake mixture, while an older child could help you dice ingredients for the family meal. Chances are, it will be a fun-filled activity for both of you.

This builds your child’s confidence as they learn to follow instructions, do things in sequence and see the results of their efforts. Your child will feel proud in contributing to something that both of you can share.

5

Board games card games and puzzles allow you and your child to spend quality time together as they encourage family participation.

Board games can be a good way to teach your child about taking turns, focusing on a game and dealing with success and failure, while having fun together. More challenging games like chess also show a recognition of your child’s growing maturity.

6

Help your child grow plants. It will be an interesting experience for your child to nurture something independently.

This will also help instil discipline and responsibility in taking care of the plant, and watering it regularly.

7

Take a walk with your child. Encourage them to observe the environment, people, plants and animals around you. Older children can be encouraged to explore nooks and crannies in parks by themselves.

This turns a simple activity into an entertaining and educational time for both parent and child. It also stimulates your child’s curiosity and willingness to learn. And it’s a real confidence booster for a child who knows more than you do!

​Making time for your child is the key


Spending quality time with your child is fundamental to building a strong and happy parent-child relationship, so be sure to allocate time for your child no matter how old they are or how busy you are.

To get started, you should:

a.    Set a time and date with your child and stick to it.

b.    Give your child your undivided attention when engaging in activities.

c.    Take the opportunity to connect with your child as often as possible.

Making time for your child should be a lifelong effort to show your love and appreciation. You will realise that parenthood is indeed a fruitful and enjoyable journey.