Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wanna Play?

Hey Everybody,

When our tweens need to connect, a great way to reach their hearts and get inside their heads is through play. As our kids get older and we parents get busier, it becomes more difficult to take time to play together; however, it is critical to the relationship.

Reaching the heart of your preteen happens more easily when you:

  • Like who they are and who they are becoming.
  • Listen well.
  • Love them with your arms, wallet, and a home open wide to their friends.

Get rightly focused on what your child needs: He needs all of you because he is growing and becoming all that he can be. Soon, he is going to disappear. These growing pains of adolescence are the preliminary stretch to the final lap of parenting, the teen years. The foundation you lay now is crucial to the formation of your relationship ahead.

I'd love for you to head over to my page at the Examiner and take a look at my recent article, "Tweens Still Need to Play."



Danielle said...

Hey Rebecca. I loved the article you linked to and then I also read Communicating with your tween daughter.

I will be honest and say that when my daughter asks me to play dolls with her, I am scrambling for anything else to do... with her, though. Sitting down and playing dolls--I am ready to fall asleep within 5 minutes. Literally. When do we lose the ability to play make-believe that way. I know I'm not alone because I've heard other mom's say the same thing. Or maybe it's just a select few.

We do other things together. Like the night before she went back to school, we had a Mom and daughter date night. If you'd like to read about it, I posted it under Monday's for Mom's on my blog.

Thanks for posting a link. I love learning any kind of tips that may help!
In Christ,

Jane In The Jungle said...

I so need to do this more with the kids!

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