We've read on Marriage Mondays that we should faithfully date our spouses regularly but I believe the same can be said with our kids. Sometimes our schedules can get so busy. Things can be pouring in on us and the kids lose our focus, now I don't believe they should be our #1 only focus but they do need our attention too.
It's important to spend one on one time with our kids as they are growing, getting to know them assuring them they can talk to us about anything and everything. That will keep a closeness with your children as they go through their life changes and grow into themselves. Dating your kids can be fun, easy and cheap here are a few ides I've come up with...
1) Go to the park ~ Designate 1 or 2 days a month and make it special for one child, if you have two or more kids you could do the same with the other children or designate two children at a time depending on how many kids you have.
2) Go to the pool~ It's summer here in the midwest and it's HOTTTT so a lot of families I know have been frequenting their local pool, take your kids swimming, make it an all day event and pack a picnic lunch.
3) Story Time~ My kids are still really young so they like to be read to, head to the Library for Story Time or I know our local Library has fun stuff for older kids to work on, check yours to see if they offer any special programs for kids to do.
4)Lunch~ If you budget for it take one or two children out to lunch one weekend, sit in a quiet area of the restaurant where you can talk about their lives and really listen to them.
If you don't feel any of these things would interest your kids talk with them, ask them what they would like to do with you. I gaurantee they will have an answer. Our kids love knowing they have our full attention. I hope you found some of these ideas helpful.
Enjoy your weekend friends and remember, take your kids on a special date this weekend.