How to be More Present With Your Child

Explore insightful ways to be more present with your child. Discover practical tips to enhance your connection and strengthen your bond with your children.

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In today's fast-paced world, getting caught up in distractions is easy, making it difficult to connect with our children truly.

Being present with your child involves more than physical proximity—actively engaging and fostering a meaningful connection.

No matter your parenting styles, remember to foster a valuable connection. Let's explore practical tips to help you be more present and attuned to your child's needs.

Designate phone-free zones with time slots

Identify areas in your home or workplace where phones are off-limits. These could be the dinner table, bedrooms, or specific study areas.

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⏰Utilize time slots:
Schedule phone-free pockets of time throughout the day. This could be during your morning routine, a dedicated focus block for work, or simply an evening "unwind" session.

Schedule "present moments"

Schedule "present moments": Block out time slots dedicated to disconnecting and being present in your calendar. This could involve enjoying nature, listening to music mindfully, or practicing gratitude.

Put your phone away: When engaging with loved ones, enjoying a meal, or experiencing something new, put your phone away. Savor the moment and give your full attention.

Create quality time

  • Focus on connection: Plan activities that foster meaningful connections with loved ones. These could include playing games, going for walks, or simply having uninterrupted conversations.
  • Limit distractions: Turn off notifications and silence your phone while spending quality time. This ensures uninterrupted focus on the people and experiences that matter.

Focus on progress, not perfection

  • Celebrate small wins: Acknowledge your efforts toward creating a more mindful digital life. Even small steps are progress.
  • Don't be discouraged by setbacks: We sometimes reach for our phones unconsciously. Keep going, recommit to your goals, and move forward.

Be gentle with yourself

  • Be gentle with yourself: Transitioning to a less phone-centric life takes time. Be kind to yourself as you adjust to new habits.
  • Forgive yourself for slip-ups: We all fall back into old patterns sometimes. Forgive yourself for the occasional phone grabs and recommit to your goal

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Written By

Francisco Cornejo
CEO Storybook

Francisco Cornejo, a dynamic entrepreneur with a Masters in Communication from RMIT University in Australia, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Storybook. As a serial entrepreneur, he notably served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Honda Motors in Latin America, shaping the brand's regional presence. ‍ Passionate about family well-being and communication, Francisco leads Storybook in its mission to improve children's health globally, aiming to create positive impacts in both corporate and societal spheres.

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Lorena Koppel
Child Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lorena Koppel is a distinguished Child Clinical Psychologist based in Azuay, Ecuador, with over 26 years of experience at Monte Sinaí Hospital. She specializes in treating emotional disorders in children and adolescents, providing family counseling, and integrating theoretical and practical approaches in clinical psychology.


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