Far and away, what I see my children take away from extended family holidays over the summer, is the chunks of time that they have dad all to themselves.
I’m home with them for probably 360 days a year – I usually scoot off for a mommy alone day every three months or so – but they are ecstatic to have dad home for a stretch.
It had me thinking that typically the start of the school year signifies the start of schedules, sports practices, months without a real break, and thus the potential slip in quality and quantity time.
You’ve likely recognized now that Giving and Receiving Gifts is a primary love language of mine, and I’m often looking for ways to turn something into a gift. Part of our back to school tradition is that my children get a small gift at the end of the day.
For those who like to do the same, or would like to start, I propose the idea of gifting a packaged date.
Sometimes life can get so busy that it’s really helpful to have something planned long in advance, to ensure it gets done and is in the schedule. By doing a little planning and preparing, you can gift your child with a date with one or both parents, to be done in the next four to six weeks.
It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, as long as it’s something you’d both enjoy. To ensure that you’ll stick to it, it helps to grab gift certificates for where you might go.
A few ideas on child-parent dates can include: spending an evening on the driving range before the golf courses close for the year; picking your child up from school for a lunch date; taking a class together at the arts council, library or fitness centre; going for a run together and a smoothie afterwards; having dinner and a movie for just the two of you; spending an evening at the skate park where you actually attempt to participate; and packing lunches and heading out on a day hike.