Did you know spending regular one-on-one time with each of your children individually can help with behavioral issues and your child's resistance? It’s true. There are many benefits to having Special Time with your child, but what exactly is Special Time?
Special Time is a child led planned activity, with one parent and one child. It's a play date with your child, allowing them to lead the activity you've planned.
Over time, you will see cooperation improve, reduction in whining or negative behaviors and potentially less resistance toward your request. The needs are few but your part is crucial to its success. Here are the key factors:
- Schedule a time and calendar it. Both you & your to child now have a date.
- Be consistent with when scheduling, daily or weekly. Have your Special Time, even when your child is misbehaving. (That usually when it is needed the most.)
- Allow the child to lead the activity, unless is it unbearable or impossible.
- Avoid all electronics including video games, computers, cells or TV’s. When on a device you're not giving full attention to your child.
- In terms of the amount of time, ten minutes daily works well for very young children. Longer one hour spans, once a week for older children.