Turn off the Radio and Tune Into Your Kids

Turn off the Radio and Tune Into Your Kids

"Every day you don’t take advantage of this precious bonding time is time and opportunities wasted."

Turning on the radio while you’re dropping your kids off at school, the babysitter and driving down the road is easy to do, but you need to turn it off. You listen to talk shows, news, weather and music every day during the week during the drive. This commute that your making with your kids, regardless if its 15 minutes or 30 minutes is a great opportunity to check in, and see what’s going on.  Even with toddlers and infants, turning off the radio in the car is a great way to get an extra hour or half hour with your kids every day.

 

For infants and toddlers you can sing songs like the abc’s or Barney, or play games like I spy or letter hunting. Talk with your children at stop lights and signs about what everything means, what is going on for the week, and about what they want to do for an upcoming holiday. You may be surprised that your tot has a lot to say.  These are words you could be missing out on by listening to the radio.

For pre-teens and teenagers this is a great time to discuss what plans are going on for the weekend, what upcoming school events are going on, and what is going on with their life.  You can avoid last minute mishaps by having constant communication with your children, and it gives your children a time that they can talk with you, without any distractions. Communication is the key for successful parenting, so use this time wisely.

 

Any parent can jump in the car and turn on a radio or movie player. Instead turn it all off and tune into your kids.  Every day you don’t take advantage of this precious bonding time is time and opportunities wasted.