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Kids love helping their parents with chores and the occasional odd job. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and builds their self-esteem.

Studies show that interactive time spent with both child and parent fully engaged in an activity together is crucial to an adolescent’s development.

The measurable benefits are many indeed:

  1. The child feels important and loved.
  2. He or she has an opportunity to model the parent’s behavior.
  3. The parent can observe and learn about the child’s strengths and weaknesses in order to better guide them.
  4. The child has a chance to voice their thoughts and feelings.
  5. The parent and child develop a stronger bond.

“What kind of memorable activities are most ideal for nourishing that all-important relationship between parent and child?” you ask.

Experts say it needs to be something that presents the child with a challenge, yet offers him or her the opportunity to complete tasks within the activity independently. Have fun with it. Think outside of the box. Get creative!

For example, a loving mother in St. Louis, Missouri took her 11-year-old son on a carjacking date this week.

According to police, mom and her son were enjoying a ride in a man’s car who was giving them a lift as a good samaritan. Upon arrival, mom wanted to do something nice for the kindly gent, so she grabbed his keys and had the boy strike him in the head with a gun.

The woman then politely removed the man from his vehicle and drove off!

Yes, spending quality family time is to love, understand, and develop your child as a happy, well-adjusted, and contributing member of society. This mom and her boy are living proof.

Hammer and Nigel have more on this heartwarming story in today’s edition of “Is This Anything?”