I hope everyone is doing well this week. I wanted to take a quick moment to discuss a topic that has been coming up recently in my sessions – Being Present. When we are able to be present with our children, we are helping their growth and development tremendously. We are letting our children know that they are our priority and that we value our relationship with them. In addition, we are setting a good example for our children that while we may become distracted from time to time, the relationships we have with our family members and others are extremely important and maintaining those positive relationships should be seen as a priority. I have also had some families report to me that negative behavior from their children decreases when their parents are present as their children feel they have their parent’s attention and do not have to act out to receive it. Whether you have a child with special needs or not, the feelings of wanting to be valued and loved are universal.
Are you having difficulty being present with your children? That’s ok, like most things in life being present is a practice and it takes time to develop and maintain this skill. Start with these simple tips:
How do you spend time being present with your family? Let us know in the comments below.
See you soon!
Michael Jankowski, MS, OTR/L
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