Children's Hospital Colorado

How to Connect with Your Kids

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Most parents intuitively know that it’s good to connect with our kids. They’re cute, after all, and their childhood won’t last forever. Still, if you’re anything like the rest of us, your definition of “leisure time” is five minutes of a TV show before you fall asleep on the couch.

Almost by definition, parents are busy people. And in the day-to-day grind of work and school, obligations and schedules, it’s easy to let those simple moments of connection — you know, the ones we imagined before we had kids — get lost in the clutter.

How to make time in a busy world? We asked clinical psychologist Bridget Burnett, PsyD, and Jason Williams, PsyD, Clinical Director and Director for Quality and Safety at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Colorado.

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