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Filling the ‘Attention Cup’

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In this modern world, it’s easy to lose sight of the most precious service we have: our time and attention. As parents, we often find ourselves pulled in a dozen different directions, from work commitments to household chores. Amongst the hustle and bustle, it’s key to recognise the impact our attention has on our children’s well-being and development. In this digital age, the concept of the ‘attention cup’ reminds us of the importance of connections with our children.

The ‘Attention Cup’

Picture your child’s heart as a delicate cup, longing to be filled with love and attention. Just as we quench our thirst by sipping from a cup, our children’s emotional needs are satisfied through the attention we give them. Devoting just 20 minutes of one-on-one time each day is similar to filling their ‘attention cup’ drop by drop. During these moments, your little one takes the lead in play, and you immerse yourself in their world of imagination.

Child-Led Play

Engaging in hand-eye coordination and creativity activities is an excellent way to bond with your child during these special sessions. Whether it’s threading beads, drawing pictures, building towers, or solving puzzles, these activities promote motor skills while deepening the parent-child bond. By allowing your child to dictate play, you will create an environment where your attention is solely focused on them. This will foster a sense of security and self-worth in the child.

The Ripple Effect of Filling the ‘Attention Cup’

The benefits of filling the ‘attention cup’ extend far beyond the moments spent in play. Children who receive regular doses of undivided attention from their parents are more likely to feel fulfilled and secure. This will reduce the likelihood of seeking attention at bedtime or during the night. By prioritising one-on-one time over screen time, you can create an environment with conversations, laughter and the magic of being fully present with your child.

In a world that distracts us with its demands and devices, the concept of the ‘attention cup’ serves as a reminder to prioritise one-on-one time with our children. By dedicating 20 minutes each day to child-led play, we can nurture their development and forge strong bonds that will shape their future. So let’s set aside the distractions, silence the screens, and fill our children’s ‘attention cups’ with the love and connection they crave. After all, in the end, it’s these moments of shared joy and connection that truly matter.

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