“Connect with your kids” is on every parent’s To-Do List. We want our kids to interact with us, stay connected to us and not pull away as they enter their teen/adult years. My husband always says that that kind of relationship starts when they are young.
21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids written by Kathi Lipp is a book that shares ideas and concepts on how to start and keep that life-long connection with your kids.
You spend a good chunk of time making sure your kids are getting good grades, doing their chores and keeping their rooms just clean enough that the house won’t be condemned. Bu how well are you really connecting with your kids in ways that enhance your love, understanding and appreciation of them?
This handy guide gives you a straight-forward plan to create new ways of bonding with your kids, based on their unique personalities by doing one simple thing each day for 21 days.
I am always worried that I will be the kind of mom that smothers my kids and it will push away. So when I received the 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids book, I dove right in hoping for some amazing insight to help me with my journey as a mother. I have to admit I was impressed and slightly ecstatic about what I read!
As I read the first 2 chapters, I connected with Kathi and she described her problem(s) with writing this book and how she told every parent reading her book that “You’re a better parent then you think you are.”
Every parent knows, no matter how many kids you have, that each child is different and will have a different personality. Chapter 4 gives you a personality quiz to take on your child. This will give you insight in how to connect with them through your 21 day assignments.
There are many great assignments in this book, and I was thrilled to see that we were on the right track because we were already doing most of these on a daily basis. Some of the 21 day assignments are:
- Family Fun Night
- Having Dinner Together
- Serving Together
- A Treat Just for Them
- Cook Together
- Love Notes
As mentioned previously, each chapter gives you an assignment and how to implement each day according to your child’s personality. Each chapter also gives you ideas on how to go through these 21 day assignment with teens, step-families and single parent families.
These ideas and the many more that are in the book will help you connect with your kids and help your kids connect with you.
Kathi Lipp also gives us a BONUS section at the end of the book that gives you 50 Ways to Connect with Girls, 50 Ways to connect with Boys and a Frequently Asked section for everything missed.
Kathi Lipp is also the author of The Husband Project, The Marriage Project, The Me Project, The Get Yourself Organized Project and The “What’s For Dinner?” Solution.