I'm a full time homemaker and I consider myself fortunate to be able to spend a good amount of time with my children. There are days I feel burned out and just want to escape and hide from them, or even have a quick snack date with J. Even taking a longer bathroom break is a good consolation if I can't have an hour of alone time. We do recognize that we need to have regular dates with the kids, and more so, a one-on-one time with each child.
We started doing more regular solo dates with the boy and the girl last year, but schedule was not consistent. Instead, we had like a "family date" once a month where we just go out to shop or dine, just the four of us. Honestly, it's much more convenient having a yaya (nanny) with us, even if it means spending more when we're out with them.
Going to the movies, to the mall, the park or museum, dining out - these were our usual week-ender, and yaya gets to tag along too.
|FAMILY MOVIE DATE|
|OUTDOOR TIME AT THE PLAYGROUND|
|FAMILY DATE NIGHT AT THE PIZZA PARLOR|
Parenting and child experts say the same thing - spending quality time with each child (if you have two or more) is crucial to help the child feel secure and important, boost self-esteem, open communication lines, and receive undivided attention of the parent/s (not shared with a sibling).
|ON THE ROAD WITH THE BOY|
I often schedule some date time on the weekends or after school. When I accompany the kids to their respective extra curricular activities, I also try to use the waiting time (whether just 30 minutes, or more than 1 hour) to have a mommy-and-girl day or a mommy-and-boy day. They both really like having those solo "date" with mommy, or daddy, even if it means just having a scoop of ice cream, going to the grocery with me, or grabbing a burger. We give them the opportunity to choose what they like to do, what to eat, or where to go, with some suggestions from me, of course. =) Here's a peek of where and how we spend a date with the boy and the girl.
|SAVORING A CUP OF GELATO WITH THE GIRL|
|FISH & CHIPS LUNCH WITH THE BOY|
|CHECKING OUT NEW BOOKS WITH THE GIRL|
|A TREAT FOR THE BOY - WITH CREATE-YOUR-OWN PIZZA|
The boy and the girl often act like cat and dog, giving us more wrinkles and high blood pressure! But when they're in a good mood, these two just want to be together, and that makes the date even sweeter.
Do you have kids? How do you spend solo dates with them?
|MOMMY DATE WITH CREPES AND FRENCH TOAST|
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