Being the mother of a 4 year old boy is always an adventure! While I try to show him things that I learned growing up as an athlete in multiple sports such as football and basketball, I also try to teach him about qualities of being a gentleman and treating women with respect. During our M&J "date" days or nights, I let my son choose where we go for fun and eat dinner. I even let him "pick up the tab". He takes pride in opening the door and reminds me often that I am "bootiful" and that I'm a "princess", because he is the King of course. He definitely looks forwards to our dates and time out together and always offers a follow-up date! Now.... if I can just get him to spend his own money!
Whether you’re new parent or a seasoned veteran, we all want a strong relationship with our children. Going on regular dates, at least once a month, with your kids will open lines of communication and build strong relationships. Dating your kids can easily be balanced between both parents and multiple children. Alternate your dates between Mommy and Daddy, and use the child's birth day as a your "date day". This is especially helpful with multiple children. Offer choices, such as visiting Krispy Kreme for doughnuts or going to the park to play pirates! Decide what works best for your family and your schedule, but remember to be consistent and fair.
I encourage you to have "Mommy (or Daddy) & Me" dates. Most importantly, plan them consistently and embrace the time to build deeper trust and communication! The one-to-one time fosters bonds and teaches valuable life lessons and character.
From my family to yours ...Beautiful Beginnings!