Being at home full time during our child's formative years gives us great opportunity to create strong bonds with them that will sustain the relationship in many years ahead, especially when any type of crisis comes.
We can enter our chid's world by playing with them often, watching their favorite shows, and by talking with them on regular basis on their level. It seems like something simple that every parent does,but many don't do. I hear often from children who complain about their parents not playing with them.
Few years ago, when my daughters were two and three years old, my friends daughter also came sometimes to our home. I usually played games with them and had loads of fun doing it. Once she said to me, "I really like to come here because you play with me; my Mom never plays with me."
It was a said statement to hear. We parents sometimes can get so busy to take care of our family's physical and material needs that we don't have any time left to meet their emotional needs. If we make effort, however, to meet these needs we will avert many future problems in the relationship with our kids.
They need to know that we know and care about them. They want to feel we understand them, then they will come to us for support even during their teenage years. So, let us sometimes be kids again and just have fun !