Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's a Date!

I want my children to feel that they are special and to get plenty of one on one time with me. Being a working mom, this can be a challenge. I sometimes feel like I have so little time at home with them when they are awake. Much of what we do, we do as a family. So, a few years ago, I came up with a solution that works for me - dates.

When my daughter was a baby, I started taking occasional half day vacations from work and picking my son up early from daycare. We have gone to lunch and a movie. We have gone bowling. We have gone to baseball games. We have gone to the park. The destination was never as important as the time together alone.

Now that my daughter is getting bigger, she wants to go on dates too. A few weeks ago, her and I took a road trip together. On the way home, we stopped for lunch at the Cracker Barrel. She thought it was the best - being out to lunch with just Mommy.

I think that it is important to have that one on one time alone with each child. Taking a half day vacation is what works best for me, as there doesn't seem to be time in the evenings and weekends - besides places are less crowded in the middle of the afternoon!

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