This past weekend I enjoyed a fun little outing with my 13-year-old son. We went to the Nashville Predator’s playoff game, and even though we lost, we had a really great time together.
It was during those sweet moments with my boy that I realized how much I truly need more one on one time with each of my children. So when we returned home, I instantly sat down and started jotting down a list of potential date days or date nights that I could enjoy with each of them.
I talked to my younger boys about scheduling dates with them this week, and they were beyond excited. My middle son immediately chose an afternoon at the arcade together, and my youngest is still trying to decide on what we will do during our outing together. It was so sweet watching them as they excitedly talked to each other about their day out with mom. It made me realize that I should have started this tradition sooner. But, as is the case with most things, it is better late than never.
I am so excited to begin this new tradition with each of my boys. Taking steps towards building a lasting relationship with each of them is of great importance to me. While I thoroughly enjoy our family time together, I do think that the one on one relationship is an important one to nurture as well. Sneaking away with each of them for moments of fun and adventure is something that I know will help shape our relationship and create something exceptional.
Below you will find my ultimate list of date ideas that I created for my family, but you can take the time to jot down your own ideas, based on your child’s personality, as well. Every child is different and unique; therefore these ideas may not necessarily appeal to them. Take some of my ideas, choose a few of your own, create your ultimate list and then make those memories, y’all.
20 Parent/Child Date Ideas
- Take a class together
- Go out to eat
- Go fishing together
- Go to an arcade
- Go bowling
- Play putt putt golf
- Go on a hike
- Go to dinner and a movie
- Go out for ice cream
- Go to a sports event
- Pack a picnic and go to the park
- Visit a museum, zoo or gallery
- Go shopping
- Fly kites at the local park
- Go roller skating/ice skating
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt
- Go to a concert
- Do volunteer work together
- Go to the botanical gardens
- Go to your local candy shop
When scheduling a date with your child, take a handful of choices from your ultimate list and allow them to decide on your date destination. This will not only get them excited for your upcoming outing, but it will make them feel special and ensure that your date together is a success.
By carving out time in your month for these moments of togetherness, the practice of intentional living comes into play. You can read more about my intentional living journey here. Too, I think it creates a reassurance in your child that they are special, important and very much loved. These are the moments that they will remember the most so make them count.
Let me know, do you schedule time together with each of your children individually and if so, what fun ideas do you have for ensuring your date day or date night is a success?
Holly is a 42 year old wife and mom to 3 boys, from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a hot tea lover, book reader, journal keeper, Pinterest pinner, podcast listener, y’all sayer, self-taught graphic designer, hobbyist photographer, writer and dreamer of all things big and small. You can find all of her ramblings here at Blu Nest Bloom.