My two kiddos are in elementary school now so I don’t get to see them nearly as much as I did when they were little. This has caused me to reflect on the time I do get to spend with them, which is regrettably consumed with school activities. I am one of those moms that really like to have unstructured down time without the anxiety of trying to be on a schedule. Because of this, I decided that one of my goals for 2019 would be to make time to take each of my kids on a date every month. I got a jumpstart on it in December because I was so excited about it and I have come to really look forward to this new tradition.
My kids have already started to look forward to date night and planning what we are going to do together. My son has chosen an arcade and the zoo, and my daughter has chosen the nail salon and a tea party. During our dates, I keep my phone on Do Not Disturb and give my full attention to my kids. It has made me realize that we have become so busy in our daily lives that the little things (and even big ones) have gotten looked over. I have decided to use date night to re-ground me and my family to what really matters- each other.
I encourage you to consider carving out some time in your already overflowing schedule to take your kids on a date. Make it fun and truly special. Something so simple can really become something beautiful and the connections you continue to nurture with your children will last a lifetime.
Just in case you need some inspiration:
- Go on a nature walk and try fishing
- Go to a drive in movie and go out for ice cream after
- Play at the park and pack a picnic lunch
- Bake something special at home and have a tea party
- Go to the beach and build a sand castle
- Go to the skating rink, putt putt golf, or an arcade
- Get a new Lego or craft kit you can do together
- Get dressed up and go to a fancy restaurant
The possibilities are endless!