A handsome little boy really was in need of some special Mommy and son time. On top of me being pretty busy this last couple of weeks Natalia has been extra need-y. So, I decided since Mark was avaliable to watch Natalia this morning, Christopher and I would go out, just the two of us on a Mommy date.
We got all dolled up in hoodies and baseball caps and we were ready to go! We walked finger in hand out to the car.
My date did not open the car door for me, but he obediently put his hands on the car. (We taught him to do this but I usually don’t have him do it at home).
Once we got to our destination, the Library, inside we found all sorts of exciting things to do. I let him climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Usually, I would feel stressed and in too much of a hurry for this.
We headed straight to the kids section and found… PUZZLES. We made our way around kid tables dumping puzzles then putting the pieces back. We talked about the things on the puzzle pieces.
I helped me realize a lot:
– it does not have to be grand to be fun
– sometimes they just need some one on one time
– going somewhere with the mindset of “special fun” time made a trip to the library not stressful.
– he eats up my attention
– little things like letting Christopher push the button on the elevator (we used it on our way down) makes his day
– we should do this more often!
– learning happens wherever you go, but you have to be watching out for all those lovely teachable moments
– trips with Natalia to the grocery store is not the same, but I think I can make them more fun by not always being in a hurry. A minute saved in the grocery store is probably not nearly as precious as the minute spent letting Christopher help me count the fruit and put it into bags.
– it does not take a special trip to have a special time together, but it was really nice
What are some ways you spend special one-on-one time with your kids? Have you ever gone on a date with them?