She had been begging me for a while. “Can we go out? Just me and you.”
I love spending time with my kids, but to set aside one-on-one time can be a mathematical challenge. There’s 4 of them, one of me, and 12-13 hours of their awake time, which has to be divided between homeschool, cooking, cleaning, meals, errands, and family time. And, it’s not like I can take one kid out for ice cream, while I leave the others at home by themselves. So the time that I can take them out becomes even more limited by when my husband is available to watch the rest of the kids.
And, I admit that I forget. I’m so used to having all the children with me that I forget spending some alone time with each of them is necessary for the building of our relationships. I know it’s possible, and it’s been my goal to schedule regular Mommy-and-Me times with each child.
Last week, we found a window of time … an afternoon for just me and my daughter.
Our first stop was to shop for some shoes. My girl is very active, and she probably wears out her sneakers faster than all her brothers combined. We looked and looked, and, in her words, she found “the shoes that I’ve always wanted”, which probably means she’s wanted them since that day when she saw them. These shoes are what every sporty, girly girl should have: cross-trainers and ballet shoes in one!
Next stop was the art store. I remember as a kid, being into friendship bracelets. I still see kids sporting these, so it’s definitely a thing that has withstood the test of time. Upon entering the store, this caught my eye.
And, what better way to finish off a nice, warm afternoon than with ice cream! She ordered cotton candy flavor in a waffle bowl, and I had coffee ice cream. And guess what? She said she liked my flavor better!
I know we can’t always go out like this, so I really cherished that time with her.
To make these one-on-one times a more regular event for me and the kids, it will have to be simplified and done without the need for a babysitter for the other children. My idea is to give each child a “get out of
jail bed, free” card during nap time, so we can have some undistracted time together while the rest of them are in their beds.
What are your ideas for “Mommy and Me” activities?
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