Connection is vital for building resilience in children. Connection is about developing close ties to family and community. It’s about creating a solid sense of security that lead to strong values and prevents alternative destructive paths. We do that by navigating healthy relationships for our children. Children need opportunities to be connected to extended family and other positive adults in the community. Church is a great place where children can be connected.
Creating a common area where the family can share time (not necessarily TV time) is also a good idea. The dinner table is a great place for connection to happen naturally. My four adult children often talk about how much our conversations, storytelling, and laughter at the dinner table meant to them growing up.
We can also foster connection for our children by allowing the expression of all emotions so that they will feel comfortable reaching out during difficult times. Sometimes we adults suppress our emotions, but children should always feel free to do that.
Take Away: The dinner table is a great place to connect to your children.