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It’s normal for you to think that in order to make your child happy, you need to buy them new shiny things like toys, clothes, gadgets, and other expensive things. For this, you start putting in more and more hours at work, coming home late, often after your children are asleep, and working through the weekend. As a result, you’re not able to spend time with your children, and to cover up this guilt, you start buying them gifts to compensate for your absence.
Children develop insecurities due to the weak emotional bonds they share with their parents.
They become overly attached to material possessions, which begin to symbolise love and affection.
On the other hand, spending quality time with your child has beautiful affects on their psyche. You may not even know it, but the simple act of being around your kids has several benefits.
Your presence stimulates the natural opiate in their bodies - a feel-good hormone that elevates their mood and also teaches them to seek happiness through close familial bonds.
They’ll grow to be individuals with a strong sense of family, resulting in them being good parents and spouses.
You giving them time makes them feel loved and appreciated and it goes towards strengthening their self-esteem.
They learn that money and material possessions aren’t everything, and can never replace family, relationships or love.
So, instead of taking on that extra project at work, go with your kid to the park whenever you can. And if something should prevent you from doing that, promise your little one that you’ll spend extra time with them on the weekend. That will tell them that you’re always looking forward to being with them and will go out of your way to spend time with them.
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