Positive interaction is one of the best things you can give to your children. Research shows social connection is a key factor in human development. Experiences in the first 3-5 years of life create the foundation for development and are crucial in determining personality, intellect, social ability, physicality, mental wellness, and even medical wellness for a lifetime. Yes, a lifetime! Gone are the days of thinking experiences are forgotten after infancy or toddlerhood. (For a good video explaining brain development, go to this video and article on early child brain development.)
If you have little ones, and even if you have big ones, invest in them by allowing healthy, appropriate social interaction. This interaction doesn’t have to take up all your time, huge chunks of time or even cost anything, but it should be consistent and more frequent than negative or no interaction.
So, what can you do?
Just about anything! From playing with play doh to folding laundry, time spent with your children is invaluable. For a list of simple ways to spend time with your kids, click here or see my earlier blog post).
Family-friendly fun can be had all over Cincinnati and can range from free to $$. And with the long-Holiday weekend, there will be plenty to do in the Queen City. Check out Cincinnati USA for a comprehensive list of activities this weekend.
Remember, 5 minutes here and there adds up and is better that nothing, so sneak in those few extra hugs, kisses, and I love you’s.
- Erica L. Daniels, LPCC-S
Pediatric Mental Health Counselor
Child Counseling Place