Does it feel like your family is less connected than you used to be and there often just isn’t enough time in the day?

Between work, school schedules, extracurricular activities and technology it can often feel like there is a struggle to have dedicated family time and increase the connection between you and your children.

I am Taylor Simerly, a child therapist here at Kid Matters Counseling and I would like to share three tips with you to increase connection in your home.


Build Family Time Into Your Weekly Schedule


First, have designated family time built into your weekly schedule and alternate which family member gets to plan an activity which could include; going to the park, taking a nature walk, coloring or reading a book together.


Create Your Family’s Story


Second, Create your family’s story through arts and crafts, videos or pictures. Proudly display the creation in your home so your family can have the daily visual reminder.


Verbally Acknowledge Your Children


Third, Increase connection by verbally acknowledging your children with praise or positive reinforcement, recalling memories with them and showing excitement for their thoughts and stories. A great way to do this is to choose a few pictures on your phone and share why you are so proud of them.


These tips can take time to incorporate so try one each week to see how they might be able to fit into your families day to day life.

If you would like to increase family connection and build this into your family routine, schedule an appointment so we can discuss this together!



Taylor Simerly

Taylor Simerly

Child Therapist

Utilizing a strengths based approach, I can help your child explore positive tools so they feel empowered and supported every step of the way.

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