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Strengthening Relationships Through Intentional Connection



Intentional Connections

Everything needs a good strategy, right? That includes a strategy to keep our relationships strong amidst the chaos of family life. We like to call this intentional connection maintenance and whether it’s with our kids, partners, friends, or ourselves, staying connected is key to our well-being. 


Why Intentional Connection Matters

In the busy world of parenting, it’s easy to let relationships slide. Intentional connection is about making a deliberate effort to maintain and strengthen these bonds. It’s about quality time, open communication, and mutual support.


Building Strong Bonds in Parenthood
  • With Our Children: Dedicate time to listening and engaging with them. The quality of moments, not the quantity, counts.

  • With Our Partners: Keep communication open. Schedule regular times to connect, even if it’s a quiet chat after the kids are in bed.

  • With Friends: Make an effort to catch up regularly. True friends understand the ups and downs of parenting.

  • With Family: Plan get-togethers or share responsibilities. Value the support system a family provides.

  • With Ourselves: Don’t forget self-care. You need to be well to fully engage with others.


Practical Tips for Maintaining Connections
  • Set Clear Goals: Identify the key relationships you want to focus on. Set realistic goals for improving these connections.

  • Schedule Time: Just as you would for any important appointment, schedule regular check-ins with your loved ones.

  • Be Fully Present: Quality connection means giving your full attention—no distractions.

  • Show Appreciation: Simple acts of gratitude can strengthen relationships.

  • Find Common Interests: Shared activities can bring fun and closeness to any relationship.

  • Communicate Openly: Being vulnerable and open strengthens trust and understanding.

  • Prioritize Self-care: You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself to be there for others.


Adapting Through Stages of Parenthood
  • New Moms: Seek out support groups or activities that allow you to connect with others in similar life stages.

  • Experienced Parents: As kids gain independence, rediscover and deepen friendships and interests that may have taken a backseat.

  • Empty Nesters: Use this time to reconnect with your partner, explore new hobbies, and strengthen adult relationships with your children.


Fostering intentional connections offers long-term benefits like emotional support, a sense of belonging, and overall well-being. The effort you put into maintaining these relationships pays off, creating a network of love and support for all stages of life.


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