Engaging with your child means not leaving him just doing his own thing all the time. But it doesn’t mean interfering either!
You can start by doing everything you can to make sure that your baby feels totally loved and secure. Use distractions imaginatively for stimulating his intelligence. He’s here on Earth to learn! If you don’t consciously and in full awareness choose what he learns from, he’ll make his own choices which you may not like as he becomes more independent. Show him books as soon as he can focus.
In time, share your own interests and your chores. Make it fun! This will cultivate a drive within him to seek interest in what may seem to be the most unlikely places. He’ll also become rapidly accustomed to doing his own chores without resistance, seeing them as part of an integrated life.
Other fun things to do with him at home include singing, dancing, making music, drawing , crafts, exercise routines, gardening, grooming and feeding your pets, and planning and preparing for special events such as birthdays. Check on the suitability of activities and materials for children. For example make sure you buy non-toxic paints and blunt-ended scissors for him for his art work, until you’re sure he can use tools and materials safely.
Children feel significant when they’re included, not excluded. They feel valued, that they belong. Try, if it takes effort, to feel loving towards them as much as you can. Consciously choose kindness – always. Always!
Imagine how engaging with your child might give you more enjoyment in life, how that extra time spent could become extra time well invested. For further ideas and insight, you’ll want to read my book, available here.