10 daily rituals to encourage bonding with your kids

In chaotic everyday life, parents can leverage the power of intention to ensure that they fit in what’s most important to them – the moments of fun, connection, and closeness with their kids!

To begin, pinpoint the consistent, repetitive actions that you most want to make a part of your family life and set ritual intentions. This will ensure that the “good stuff,” like playing catch together or having a silly game of hide and seek, doesn’t always get pushed to the bottom of the “to do” list. Here are 10 rituals to help get you started.

  1. Play with your kids and let them lead.
  2. Give your kids at least 15 minutes of time at bedtime to tell you about the ups and downs of their day.
  3. Be playful with your kids (have a dance party, tell jokes, read a funny book, etc.) at least once a day.
  4. Give your kids a hug and say, “I love you so much” every morning.
  5. Catch your kids doing something good at least three times a day and tell them you noticed.
  6. Give your kids a role, a job, or a way to contribute every day (like matching socks, passing out silverware, shoveling snow, or wiping down the counter).
  7. Play music or sing together.
  8. Get outside with your kids at least once a day.
  9. Sit down at every dinner, eat beside your kids, and have a conversation.
  10. Read together every day.


Adapted from Erin Leyba, LCSW, PhD