Research shows that connection is a basic human need and it has a significant impact on us from the moment we are born and on through our entire lives.
Studies show that high quality relationships and a strong sense of connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover faster from illness, results in lower rates of stress, anxiety and depression, increases self esteem, provides an increased openness to trust and cooperation and increased empathy for others.
Connection makes it easier to discipline and build children’s skills. Finishing the day with a sense of connection helps children go to sleep more easily and with less dramas.
As parents, family members, carers and educators, we can all positively impact on children’s early development and sense of connection. By doing so we lay the foundations for happy childhoods and give children the best chance of success in the future.
Why Connection Cards®
Our compliment cards and activities provide a unique, practical and effective way for you to connect with the children in your life on a regular basis.
Whether you have only a few minutes or a bit more time, our resources:
Better than a quick ‘Thank You’
Compliments are more likely to weave their magic when they’re perceived to be genuine and specific (not generalised).
Research shows that providing specific positive feedback is important in helping children build a sense of self. Unlike a quick “thank you” said in passing, when you use our cards, children receive a tangible reminder of their successes, which adds meaning to the compliment.
Involving Your Children
When using our cards and resources you can quickly, clearly and easily show children that:
- you see them;
- their contribution matters to you; and
- they matter to you.
What the cards are not!
Our cards have been designed as a simple and effective way to connect with children using gratitude and feedback. They are not designed for the following:
- Creating a sense of obligation;
- Adding pressure;
- Adding guilt;
- Rewards or bribery;
- Consequences; or
For more information on what the cards are not, visit our blog: Six things to avoid when using Connection Cards.