Hi, Moms! Today, I want us all to give ourselves a pat on the back and a hi-five. We deserve it for trying so earnestly to show our little ones every minute of every day how much we sincerely love them. Sometimes it comes easily; sometimes it’s slightly more challenging.
Regardless, we want them to feel our love. So we read copious numbers of posts, articles, and books to show us the way to navigate through the day-to-day and form a deep lasting bond with our children.
I’ve seen many marvelous bonding ideas:
A letter to your child every year
A weekly or monthly date with your child
15 minutes of quality time, twice a day with your child
Hugging, kissing, or showing physical affection X number of times per day
You get the drift, right? I particularly enjoyed the methods mentioned in the book, 52 Things Kids Need from a Mom: What Mothers Can Do to Make a Lifelong Difference.
I thought to myself, yes I’ve already implemented some of the bonding techniques mentioned in the book, and there are many more I want to implement, but I also want to discover a method unique to our family.
Then it dawned on me, I already have. We’ve discovered 2 creative ways to build a heartfelt connection!
(1) Pancakes + (2) Dancing = Party Love
This year I asked each of my kids individually what their favorite thing to do is. I recorded their answer, and they each said the same thing! There are 2 creative, fun, things we do together at the same time, one Saturday a month. We have a Pancake Dance Party. 🙂
We kick off the party by listening & dancing to a favorite song of one child. We continue to listen to music the entire morning, and I take breaks in between each pancake to dance a little. Then we end our party with the favorite song of another child.
My oldest daughter and I have a special song. I’ve listened to this song with her from the time she was a little baby. To this day, we make a big deal over the song when we hear it. What is it, you ask?
Do you remember Hope Floats – Music from the Motion Picture? On that soundtrack, Garth Brooks sings To Make You Feel My Love. It’s a beautiful song, especially when my daughter throws her arms around my neck, and says, ” I Love You, Mommy!”
My other daughter particularly likes I Like To Move It (Album Version) from Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa . We all have so much fun dancing around the living room to this song. My youngest sings her own version of the words, “I love my Mommy, Mommy. I love my Mommy, Mommy!”
Interested in either of these movies or soundtracks?
Need some inspiration for pancakes? Try some of these from Whole Foods Market Blog:
P.S. What cool, creative way have you found to connect with your child?