Some of my fondest memories are when I got to have one-on-one time with each of my parents. I remember going to see the Lizzie McGuire Movie when I was 8 with my mom, and it was one of the most fun memories I have. We were the only ones in the theater, and we saw a showing that was later than I was usually able to stay up for. After the show we headed to the grocery store to grab some treats, and we had such great conversations the whole time! My parents made it a point to have time with each of us kids individually as we were growing up, and I think that it is so important that every parent does that at least a couple times. It’s just so crucial that kids can have the full attention of that one parent, even if it’s just for an hour. It presents an opportunity for that child to open up to that parent and feel more comfortable asking questions and talking about things that are personal to them. No matter what the age, one-on-one “dates” can help forge stronger relationships and form great memories.
It’s not always easy to come up with something that can be fun for both the parent and the child, so I’ve compiled a list for you! They could be big things that you need to plan ahead of time, or impromptu activities that can be done any day at home. Pick a few of these and start planning the dates today!
1. Go Pokemon-Go Hunting (trust me, your kids will think you’re the coolest if you take them to look for a rare Pokemon)
2. Take a class together (cooking, painting, dance… etc)
3. Walk to a park
4. Track down a favorite food truck for lunch
5. Ride scooters or bikes around the neighborhood
6. Get dinner at their favorite restaurant
7. Let them stay up past their bed time as you do an activity at home together
8. Finger paint masterpieces together
9. Buy a bunch of LEGOS and build something together
10. Cook a meal (pizza is always a fun one)
11. Go volunteer somewhere together
12. Head to the movies (make sure to plan time to talk about the movie afterwards, as there isn’t much talking during the movie itself)
13. Fly a kite
14. Hike a fun trail together
15. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy restaurant (this is a great opportunity to teach manners)
16. Pretend to be photographers and take pictures around the neighborhood
17. Mini Golf
18. Challenge each other at an arcade
19. Play your child’s favorite video game with them
20. Paint each others nails (dads, I’m sure your daughter would love you to paint her nails and let her return the favor!)
21. Go to the museum
22. Picnic at the park
23. Create your own slip ‘n slide in the Summer
24. Board game night
25. Go horseback riding
26. Go to an amusement park
27. Head to the bookstore and pick out a book for each other
28. Have a tea party
29. Watch a baseball or basketball game together
30. Pick fruit at an orchard
These are just a handful ideas compared to the hundreds of fun activities that are out there! If you’re feeling stumped, you can always ask your child what they’d like to do, I’m sure they have lots of great ideas. These dates don’t have to be planned out completely, they don’t have to cost money, and they don’t even have to last all night. Just spend some quality time with your kids doing something that you both enjoy, one-on-one, and you’re sure to make lasting memories.
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