This post is sponsored by Nature Valley, but all opinions are my own.
My daughter is about to turn three and I am finding that bonding with a preschooler is a lot different than bonding with a toddler.
She is significantly more aware of what we are doing and extremely curious.
It is safe to say that we have officially entered the “why” phase!
Bonding with a Preschooler
I work from home so even though my daughter is with me all day I am often distracted by work. To help balance that out I love to spend one on one time with her.
She is at a really talkative stage so any activity where I can have a conversation with her makes me feel like we are bonding. Here are some of the ways I bond with my toddler…
Go on a Picnic
My daughter absolutely loves going to the park! It only takes about an hour out of my day to take her over there to play and if we go around lunchtime we can eat together with no distractions at the picnic tables.
It doesn’t have to be a big deal. We just pack sandwiches, a Nature Valley Almond Butter Biscuit (these are the BEST for on the go snacks!), and water bottles.
While we are eating I just ask her questions about herself like what her favorite color is or how her day went and she usually just takes off from there.
I love hearing her go on and on at this age and am constantly surprised by the amount of stuff that she knows and wants to talk about!
Go on a Date
This is a tip for families with multiple children. Take your kids out one on one.
When you have multiple children it gets harder to focus on one child at a time. Taking your children out for a “date” even if it is just to the park or to get ice cream will really allow you the time to bond with one another.
Check out this tip from my friend Becky on how to make each child feel important in a large family!
Teach Them New Things
My preschooler LOVES to learn. Whether we are reading a book, counting, or learning the alphabet she is all for it.
Teaching your preschooler new things one on one is a great way to bond with them while also helping them advance!
If you search Pinterest you can find some really great preschool learning pages that are fun to print and do together.
Go for a Walk
I have mentioned this on my blog in several posts before because it is my favorite way to bond with family. You can do this with your spouse too!
Leave the phones at home and head out for a walk. I absolutely love taking my daughter and letting her explore outside, answering her questions, and just observing her personality.
She requests to go on a walk with me almost every day. Since she is still young I take the stroller in case she gets tired of walking and I also pack an on the go snack like Nature Valley’s Almond Butter Biscuit or their peanut butter biscuits with a bottle of water so that we can refuel if needed.
Our last walk was almost 45 minutes! She got in the stroller about halfway through, but we continued to talk about everything we saw and I had her play a game kind of like I- Spy where she found the birds and the grass or whatever our surroundings were.
This might be a given, but when you are trying to bond with your preschooler leave your phone in the other room or at home!
I work a lot from my phone so I am so guilty of checking my email or messages while I am spending time with my daughter. When I leave my phone at home during our one on one time it feels so good!
I never realized how much it distracts me from her until I didn’t have it anymore!