3 Habits for Present Parents

What does it mean to be a present parent amidst the daily chaos of chores and responsibilities? One thing is for sure, it’s not always easy. But here are three small habits you can try to incorporate into your daily routine to cultivate a sense of “presence” and strengthen the bond with your children.

Embrace Unstructured Play

Schedule downtime and resist the urge to fill it with structured activities. This allows children to explore their creativity, develop problem-solving skills, and strengthen their sense of self. Most importantly, during unstructured play, you have the opportunity to simply be present. Get down on the floor with them and enjoy seeing the world through their eyes. 

Make Mealtime a Family Affair

While the fast pace of life often encourages quick meals on the go, prioritize making mealtimes a family ritual whenever possible. Engage in conversation, share stories, and turn off electronics. This creates a consistent space for connection.

Practice Active Listening

Truly listen to your children, not just hear them. Put away distractions, make eye contact, and acknowledge their feelings. Ask open-ended questions, and show genuine interest in their thoughts and experiences. This validates their emotions and demonstrates that you care about their world. It’s a great way to show that you are there for them.