Parents are always looking for ways to spend quality time with their children. One way to do so is via parent-and-child dates. A family with more than one young child, especially, may find it harder to have one-on-one time with each child. However, taking the time regularly to really connect with each child will go a long way in tending to their heart. Caring for their carnal needs and health is important but so is caring for their spiritual and mental health. Taking each child on special dates is one way to purposefully stay in tune with all of your child’s needs. If you’re looking for some fun one-on-one date ideas, look no further!
- Have a picnic in your backyard or at a nearby park
- Go on a nature walk together and see who can find the most interesting rocks, leaves or flowers
- Head to the bookstore and pick out a few books to read together. Make it extra fun by reading in silly voices or acting out the story
- Go to the zoo and name all the animals
- Build a fort out of blankets and pillows and have a movie marathon inside it
- Do a parent-child cooking class together
- Go for a ice-cream or milkshake
- Have a water gun battle
- Give each other manicures or pedicures
- Go on a bike ride together
Be sure to put away your phone, turn off the TV and really focus on your child during your date. No matter what you choose to do, the important thing is that you are spending quality time with your child and showing them that they are important to you.
Benefits of ‘Dating’ Your Children
While every parent-child relationship is different, most children generally crave attention and quality time with their parents. In today’s world, it can be hard to find the time to truly connect with our children. We are often pulled in many different directions and our children can easily get lost in the shuffle. Here are the benefits of going on dates with your kids:
Children need individual attention. It gives them time and space to communicate away from other distractions (and siblings) and it lets them know you care about their contributions to the family.
Having a tough time with your child’s behaviour? It often comes down to them wanting to be seen and needing attention. When you’re one-on-one with your kids, it’s so much easier to acknowledge their positive attributes personally.
Going on dates with your children also helps you, the parents. This is an opportunity for you to feel more connected with each child and each other, as well.
Make it Happen!
It’s not an easy thing to carve out time for dates with your children, but you should seize the opportunities when you can, or it might soon be too late. Children grow up so fast. Here are a few thoughts on how you can make it work.
Alternating dates with each parent
Each parent can take one child on a date at a different time. For example, mummy can take one child on a date in the morning while daddy takes another in the afternoon. Switch next month!
Finding a sitter so both parents can go
It’s not always realistic but if both you and your partner have a chance to take one child out together, that’s even better. They will absolutely love spending time with just mummy and daddy.
Let the child pick the activities
You’d be surprised at how happy they can be with a simple outing.
Have suggestions ready if they can’t decide
No one wants choosing a fun activity to turn into a stressful experience. If your children have a tough time making decisions, offer a couple of suggestions and let them choose. This keeps them involved in the process while limiting their anxiety over making a decision.
Start planning now and make your dates special, memorable and fun!