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Build deeper relationships this holiday

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Every parent I know wants a great relationship with their child.

Rituals and traditions build close families. 

In fact, a strong food culture underpins many strong families.  It helps if parents have some spine to make sure kids of all ages come to the meal table and participate in other rituals and traditions.

But the easiest way to build a relationship between you and each child is to spend one-on-one time together.

Go somewhere for a whole day with a child.

Go away for a weekend with just one child. Do things you enjoy.

Camp if possible.

Talk.  Cook.  Mooch.

The experience of spending time just with you will deepen your relationship.

Deep relationships provide leverage.  They also survive the potential storms of adolescence.

One-on-one time generally needs to be organised.

It generally won’t happen by accident.

It takes time. It takes energy. It takes permission.

But one-on-one time is so worth the effort.

One-on-one time are the coat hooks where each of your children will hang their memories of you.








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