Being a mother of two beautiful children means that my time and attention is mostly shared between them. This is fine but I also believe that sometimes it is good to spend time with each child individually.
One of the things I worried the most about during my second pregnancy was how my son would react to having a sister and how our family dynamics would change. So when my daughter was born I set up a few dates with my son in the hope it would help to ease him into sharing my attention with his then baby sister. I didn’t want him to feel left out or threatened by the amount of attention a new born required from mummy.
Our dates were only short (I was breastfeeding my daughter) but i remember we had lots of fun.
Unfortunately, our last date was a very long time ago. Somehow life just seemed to get in the way but I believe time has come for my handsome son and I to start going on regular dates again.
My daughter gets my (almost) undivided attention everyday while her big brother goes to school and I think that he now understands that and sometimes wishes he could spend the day with mummy too.
So, in an attempt to spend more one-on-one quality time with my big boy I have been thinking about some mummy and son date ideas. Here are my favourites;
- Go for brunch/lunch.
- Go for a walk on the beach.
- Visit the fire station. (my son is obsessed with fire engines and firemen)
- Build Lego. (my son is only 3 but he loves building big boys lego)
- Go to the zoo/aquarium.
- Look for ‘treasures’ on the beach.
- Bake something delicious.
- Go for ice cream.
- Build a fort.
- Painting. (both my son and I love to paint so this is a perfect date activity).
What do you think of taking your children on dates? Have you done it before? Can you see the benefits of spending one-to-one time with them?