It is time to get out your calendars once more! I hope you schedule at least 1 date night with a child this week!
Recently my husband and I really wanted to focus on some one on one time with our children! My oldest is 15 and youngest is almost 11 and I have a 12 year old in the middle! My kids are truly growing up and in just a few years I may have none at home! We wanted to cherish the time with more intention and focus on a special time one on one!
So I brought out my calendar and just starting scheduling. Here are 10 Date Nights to do with the Kids!
This is how we did it.
I took the oldest child and dad went first! We decided on Sunday evening since we don’t have a church service then.
So the first Sunday it was – My husband and oldest, the next one was my middle son and I and then my daughter and husband. Then we would rotate. We chose to do every other Sunday so we would still have some Sundays just for rest! We spend 20.00 on the date. This does not include material things; it can only be spent on memories and/or food. So for example if my son wants to go to a car show in town that will be 5.00 each, they only have 10 left-they will have to eat cheap. My oldest loves movies so he often picks eating at home and then a movie (they are pricey) 20.00 no exception!
If you don’t have that in the budget you could change it around to always do dinner at home and then spend less out OR only do free things. Some examples of that would be:
Walk around the mall
Go to the park
Take a drive
Local free community event
The first time around, our children picked and the second time around mom and dad pick. That way we get a nice variety of ideas!
The important thing is quality time with your child! Time to have deep conversations, discuss hard topics, laugh together, and just have fun!
If you have a large family this really may not happen, and by no means does it mean your children will be scarred or that you are not good parents. I would encourage you to find special times if you can. Errands can be perfect for this: Take one shopping, one to get gas, or another to get the car washed. Just find creative things you can do to get some one on one time!
Getting to know your children in a personal way will help bond your relationship for life!! Ask them about their dreams, their interests and about their friends. Let them know you really care about what is going on with them!
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