Parent-Child relationship goals are just as important as the goals you have with your spouse, find some examples why below.
The relationship you build with your children will last a lifetime.
It’s important that they get a good example of the healthy relationship they have with their parents, so they learn from that relationship.
So, they know what that looks like when they enter into friendships and more serious relationships in high school, college, and when they are ready to get married and have a family of their own someday.
You’ll want your kids to be able to differentiate healthy and unhealthy relationships.
With both friendships and relationships your child will be able to look back on the example you set in your parent-child relationship and make smart choices!
The AACAP states that the way you act as your child’s role model shapes how they develop relationships through life, positive or negative.
What is a healthy relationship between parent and child?
A healthy parent-child relationship is definitely a loving one.
We want to act as “positive” role models to our kids, not negative ones.
- BE PRESENT– Always be a present parent whenever your child needs you both physically and emotionally. Act as a source of comfort and strength when they need you.
Take time to disconnect from work and electronics so you can have those present times. Make eye contact when they talk to you, so they know you are really listening.
If you have little ones get down on their level and listen when you have important things to communicate.
- BE POSITIVE– Have patience and positivity in your relationship with your kids.
Model the correct way to act in stressful situations and let them know you can get through anything with a positive attitude. Keep a sense of humor when it matters.
- BE CONSISTENT– Keep consistency in your parenting. Choose positive discipline strategies that work for your kids and stick with them.
- BE AVAILABLE– This goes hand in hand with being present. Make sure you are available to all your kids achievements and events.
Take it beyond being present by showing an active desire to be involved in your child’s life. Go out of your way to create impactful family bonding experiences.
- BE EMPATHETIC– Take interest in your child’s struggles and be empathetic to what they are going through.
Show them that you are there to care for them and lift them up in their times of need.
- BE AN EXAMPLE– Model through your relationships with your spouse and others.
Show your kids what positive relationships look like. Communicate with your spouse and show them empathy, so your kids can see this as an example.
- BE NON-JUDGEMENTAL– Offer a non-judgmental listening ear when your child needs to discuss a serious matter.
Why are Parent-Child relationships important?
Creating strong relationships with your child is important to mold them into stable adults who will create good relationships.
Your kids will learn so much during their childhood, being raised by their parents.
- Developing trust and communication
- Being positive in tough situations
- Creating positive friendships based on trust and empathy
- How to actively listen to others
- Examples of being a positive parent and role model to others
Your kids will encounter hundreds of friendships and relationships over the course of their lives.
It’s up to you as a parent to model a healthy relationship because your relationships are the first ones they’ll see.
How can I make relationship goals with my kids?
Take a look at your relationship with your children right now? Are there areas that you think you can improve?
None of us are perfect, even I can think of several ways I can improve on my relationship with my kids.
Use the tips above to help you make meaningful relationship goals with your child.
- Spend more time together
- Attend more dance/sports practices
- Learn about your child’s hobby
- Plan Mommy/Son dates
Here are a list of more family goals you can make to get started.
Relationship Goals for my Child
While strengthening the relationship you have with your child, remember what long term goals you have for them.
Do you want them to be able to work as a team, be positive in negative situations, be kind to others around them?
Be thoughtful of these goals as you model the behavior you want to teach them.
Remember your kids are often watching what you are doing and your interactions with others.
The amount of effort you put into positive relationship building with your children definitely plays apart in who they grow up to be.
Try to carve some time out to set goals for yourself as a parent. Make time to bond with your kids and be more mindful of how you model your interactions with them.
How are you creating parent-child relationship goals? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!