Here’s a subject near and dear to my heart: spending time with the ones your love. When it comes to spending individual time with each member of your family, I believe everyone can work it in. I feel so strongly about and wrote about it in an article in Home School Enrichment magazine. If you like to read it, here is the link. I think once you read the article you’ll understand the lasting effects of spending good quality time with your kids and spouse.
Today, I thought I’d give you some ideas on fitting in that one-on-one time with your loved ones. My list is below, but you can add your own ideas by using the comment box.
- Take your early riser on a short walk alone with you.
- Plan out a date for one of your children and your spouse so they can just go and have fun spending time together.
- Let your tween stay up 30 minutes longer a couple of nights a week so you can talk without lots of other chatter or interruptions.
- Go fishing, ride bikes, have a picnic, fill in the blank with your hobby, etc.
- Meet your driving teenager out for some coffee or a meal away from home. You get the tab!
- Ride to an appointment or little league practice/game alone with one of your kids.
- What’s your kid’s favorite activity? Video games are not mine, but my 10 year-old is ticked when he gets me to sit down in the floor with him to play our Wii.
- Cuddling up together with a book will bring some very fond memories for the two of you for sure.
- Use the baby monitor (or Dad or another responsible person) when your pre-schooler takes a nap. Then go hang out with one of your other kids on the porch swing or another private, yet close place in your home.
- On each of the kid’s birthdays, let Dad get them up early and take that child out to eat on their birthday (Thanks Amy C. for the tip!).
- Walk to the mailbox with one child
- Let another person put the baby down to take a nap while you get the toddler to take a nap. When they fall asleep, go to the baby. Baby monitors come in handy for this also.
- Even though I enjoy grocery shopping alone, usually I have all 5 boys with me. But every once-in-a-while we manage getting just one of them with me instead of everyone.
- Daddy dates with daughters and Mom dates with sons. This is a must in my book! Schedule these regularly
- Last, but not least, the most important relationships you need to be building up are the one with God and the one with your spouse. Asking both of them to help you carve out one-on-one time with all the members of your family is a requirement that will help you get the best results. Along with you, these two are gonna help make it happen for you!
The Doorposts company makes and sells a product that can help you change your family in a profound way. Check out the product called Family Circles on their site. They fill the same way I do about individual time and have seen the results. This inexpensive item will help you with ideas and keeping track of whose turn it is with Mom or Dad. Here’s the link.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
Have a great week!