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Ways To Stay Involved In Your Children's Lives

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Just in case you need a reminder, following are some time tested ways to stay involved in a child's life.

Focus on the most important activities.

If you can only do one thing with each of your children, what's most important? Make a list of all the options. If possible, get the children's input. You may be surprised by what they choose.

Send someone else.

Is there another adult in your child's life who can go to an event that you can't? Maybe this adult can videotape or take pictures of the event. Carpool. Take turns driving with other parents.
Be around before and after.

Try to be around to help prepare your children for an activity and to welcome them home.

Ask for a replay.

If you can't be there, sit down with your children to hear about what they did. Or have your children re-create some of the things that happened.

Create new ways of connecting.

Come up with new ways to connect. Even 5 minutes alone with each child without interruptions can make a world of difference.

  • Make a point of tucking them in at bedtime, eating together, or talking on the phone or by e-mail.
  • Have a set time when your children do homework while you do something else in the same room.
  • Take a walk together.

Involve your children in "your" activities.

Could your children join you for any of your activities? Even going to the grocery store could be time spent together. Your children may feel special if they can attend adult events with you.

Stay involved with their schooling.

Check with their teachers to find out how your children are doing in school. Or ask a guidance counselor or coach for input.

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