Are you “dating your children”? My husband usually takes one of them to a movie, the park or to the rink. I like to eat, so I’m the go to parent for lunch, donut or ice cream dates.
Our only rule is that the child picks the activity or what they want to eat and the parent has to enjoy it, even if it’s not something we really want to do. It’s about them, not us.
It’s easy to be “too busy” for our kids. As parents, we’re so used to the daily tasks of running a household and work that we sometimes forget to truly connect with each child.
“One more minute.” “Go play with your brother.” “Sorry, maybe next time.”
It’s amazing how much better behaved and affectionate our children are to us and to each other when we do one-on-one activities with them outside the home. I always look forward to family fun day and date nights with my husband, but I also look forward to spending quality time with each one of my kids.
Some of my favorite photos of them are from our little dates. Pure joy and connection.
Hopefully they’ll still want to hang out with us when they’re teens. A mom can dream.