Anyone who is a mom knows that you have the most difficult yet rewarding job in the world. Getting a sloppy kiss after a rough day is enough to make you forget that you slept, rather unsuccessfully, the floor is buried under a mountain of dirty laundry and you’re a little foggy on exactly when you last had a shower.
As a momma to four I know how challenging at times it is to have quality one on one time with each of my little ones .
Am I alone? I don’t think so.
Maybe there are super moms out there who manage to juggle it all…I am not one of them.
So if you are struggling like me, I have some suggestions on how to shower your kids with 1 on 1 attention through these 10 “Mommy and Me” date ideas:
- Totally UNPLUG. That’s right, Leave your phone at home and spend your time together blissfully unplugged. If you really need to capture the moment, take a selfie at the end of your “Mommy and Me” date.
- Take turns planning a date. I mean, you can come up with some fun options, but I guarantee that they won’t be as creative as what your child will come up with.
- Bake something. I have learned the best lessons in the kitchen, and I want my kids too as well. Pick out a new recipe , visit the grocery store, and get baking!
- Go back in time…to when you were a kid. Introduce your kiddo to things you loved as a kid. For me, The Goonies, “The Flintstones,” and my love for roller skates are things that I want my kids to love as much as I did.
- Video game competition. Dust off those controllers and challenge your little ones to a game Mario Party! Seriously, show them your mad Tetris skills, work together to “wrap” Bubble bobble for the zillionth time!
- Hit the pool! There are tons of great indoor water parks as well as outdoor pools to spend lazy summer days and make memories that last a lifetime.
- Explore a new neighbourhood. ventured out of the suburbs, pack a picnic lunches and discovered some fantastic new playgrounds.
- Read a book together. Depending on your child’s age, you can have a book marathon together, or you can read through an entire chapter book together. I can’t wait until the youngest is ready to be introduced to some of my childhood favourites!
- Stargazing is hands down the cheapest, easiest way to spend the evening. Visit amazing space to find out what to look for any night the week Or print off a free star map. Don’t forget a blanket, snacks, and some binoculars if you have them.
- Tackle a project. This can be something as basic as the monthly (and free!) Home Depot craft or more complicated such as making your own play tent. Just be sure to wear your safety goggles!