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Are you looking to build a stronger bond with your son? Give him some one-on-one time.

Allow him to pick a favorite museum or park. Use the time to talk about what you see and later ask what his favorite part of the day was – he may surprise you and say spending time with you, Mom.

Step out of your comfort zone and go to a sporting event together. Allow him to feel empowered and have him explain how the game is played. The fact you are interested in something he is an expert in is exciting to him and will open him up to wanting to tell you more.

Take time to learn about his hobbies. Does he like to color or hit the baseball? Ask if you can do it, too. Children like nothing more than to show off their latest creations or how practice has made them better in their sport.

Invite him into the kitchen. Let him choose his favorite dish or desert to cook together. Allow him to measure and pour in the ingredients. Create memories and let him tell you why what's in the pan is his favorite.

Be silly together. Celebrate his childhood and be a kid again. Build a fort, wrestle and get dirty.

Give High Fives. Don't be afraid to show him you care. Say I love you and praise him often.

Open the lines of communication. Remember it's not the activity you do with your son, but the attention you give him that he'll remember. Take advantage of feel good moments and most importantly have fun.

 

Nikki Ducas is a Fredericksburg mom to an active 4-year-old. She is always planning and doing fun activities to do with her son.

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Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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