As our family started to grow, my husband and I starting talking about traditions that we wanted to implement into our family many years ago. One of those was making the time to take family dates all together but also finding time to take each individual child out on a special date.
Having three children it hasn’t been the most consistent like we would have liked but I think we are the one’s that notice more than they do. Each date is always super special that they end up talking about it for days after.
This past weekend I headed to Krause Berry Farms with my oldest. There were many ideas that I had but a simple morning was just what we both needed. Since Krause is local we didn’t have to drive a long way and I could make a good budget for the morning.
We arrived just after opening to beat the heat and the crowds. Since we have strawberry plants at home we choose to do some raspberry picking and lucky for us it was the first day that U-PICK was open. A full bucket of berries only cost us $6.46. We spent about 20-30 minutes picking and actually ended up having Tairalyn from Little Miss Mama just on the other side of where we were picking and Tamara from Discovering Parenthood ended up there as well, she was actually the one who tipped me off on the opening of the raspberry field! Thanks, friend.
Dates can be so simple and do not have to be elaborate or cost a lot. My husband one time hopped onto his bike with Abigail on the back and headed to the nearest 7-11 for a few .25c candies than to the park for a bit. Another time I took David just to the closest Tim Hortons for a hot chocolate and doughnut. Simple. Easy. Cheap. Other times we have spent a little more like me taking just the girls to see Frozen On Ice.
When you have slightly older children ages 4 years and up it is a great opportunity to ask them simple questions and get to know their heart a little more. Recently I learned that Abigail loves rice! I had no idea it was her favorite.
Making time can be hard in different seasons that life brings us but what we have done in the past is we will sit down my husband and me, look at our schedules and mark it in even if we weren’t too sure on what we were going to do with them at that point. At least it was in there and we had committed to that day.
A few ideas:
Go on a hike
Go to the pool
Take a walk
Go for a hot or cold drink at a local shop
Head to the beach
Go to a park close by
Have a picnic together
Go to the movies
Have a baking day
I could really go on and on but these just a few small suggestions. What are some ways that you connect with your children?