Dr. Grodberg always encourages families to prioritize one-on-one time. "Older children and their caregivers can unintentionally get stuck in cycles of negative interactions. No matter their age, increasing the amount of quality one-on-one time with your kid can help create a new 'playing field' so parents and kids can reconnect."
When your connection is stronger, there is more empathy, patience, love, and respect for all. Try reading curiously at storytime by expanding and reflecting on the content in that night's storybook to build empathy, foster the power to choose, and provide a platform to discuss morality and ethics. As children get older, those same conversation starters can be used when watching shows or movies together.