7 Ways to Bond With Your Toddler as a Working Mom
Even though you may be a working mom, spending many of your hours away from home, you can still bond with your toddler in a meaningful way. Sure, you wish you could have more time during the week to be with your little peanut, but try to focus on the quality of your time spent together, not the quantity. When you make your child feel loved and secure, she will feel closer, more bonded to you. Here are some ways to bond with your toddler when you are a working mom.
Take Advantage of the Weekends
For working moms, the weekdays leave little time for going out and exploring places with your little ones. No need to feel guilty, just make the most of the weekends. Spend a couple hours at the park or at the beach. Sometimes just sitting on the grass letting your little peanut toddle around and climb on you is just what you need to feel connected and have fun together.
Be a Goofball
Spend time being silly with your toddler. Play dress up in a funny way. Have a crazy dance party. Or just make goofy faces in the mirror. Show them your sense of humor and help them to cultivate theirs. Try to find opportunities to laugh with your little one as much as possible. Whether it’s from a tickle-fest, a funny story or song, that laughter and silly time provides a special moment of bonding in joy between the two of you. Show them, and in turn, remind yourself, that life is meant to be enjoyed, and that it’s important to have fun.
Snuggle, cuddle, give hugs and kisses as much as you can. Babies and children respond to touch, especially their mother’s. Take 5 minutes to hold your little munchkin, lie with her or have her sit on your lap while you stroke her hair. So nuzzle and squeeze as often as possible. Snuggling and touching provides for strong emotional bonding.
Give Baby Her Bath
Bath time provides for some quality bonding time. You are able to bond through touch while you wash her, and it also presents an opportunity to laugh and have fun in the splashing and bath time play.
Read a Book
Reading with your toddler is quality one-on-one time together. Sneak a story in whenever and wherever you get the chance. You are able to feel close to one another as your little one focuses on the pictures and on your voice. It’s a special time of learning and exploring with your child.
Whatever time you are able to spend with your child, do your best to be present. Give her a chunk of time, even 10 minutes, where she has your undivided attention with no distraction. That time will help you build and develop a precious bond between you and your child that won’t be deteriorated by your time away at work or because she spends more time during the week with a childcare provider. Being present in the moment will help you connect and build trust with your child.
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Get Down and Play With Them
Take the time—even a short amount—to get down on the floor and play with your toddler. This will give you the opportunity to guide and teach your little one and to have some fun together, as well. Your focus will be on your child and she will know it and feel connected to you.
As a mom to a young toddler, I do all the normal, every day parenting things that other parents do, for the most part. I abide by most of the widely accepted parenting rules. I care for my daughter. I show her love. I keep her safe. But I admit that I sometimes do some quirky things and bend some rules when no one is around.view gallery
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