When I was growing up, I knew a family that planned 'Daddy-Daughter Dates' for their daughters once a year to go out on a special dinner-and-a-movie type date with their Dad. I always loved this idea, and it came from the concept that 'Mommy' spends a lot of time with her children, but sometimes 'Daddy' doesn't get this sort of special one-on-one time.
In addition to this, however, I think it can also happen that because a SAHM spends so much time with her children, the 'special, one-on-one' time can also be lacking, so I thought it would also be a good idea to plan 'Mommy-Dates' for kids. After Brian and I had decided that we were probably going to be done with two children, we talked about choosing a Saturday a month, and each taking one of our children 'out' - for a playtime in the park, shopping date, coffee at a cute little cafe, dinner and a movie, or whatever we felt like. Definitely for something specially and one-on-one. Then we could swap children for the next month, which would mean 6 dates with each kid each year.
I'm really excited about this plan, and I think it could be a lot of fun - planning things to do, and having a chance to really talk to my kids.
Yesterday, Brian had a couple of hours 'out on the town' all by himself. He had a couple of errands to run, and ended up being distracted just by wandering around downtown. He grabbed a coffee and wandered through a second-hand music shop and the library, and really enjoyed his little window of 'alone time'.
After talking about our Parent-Daughter date days, we decided it would probably also be a good idea to give ourselves a few hours each month (at least) to disappear on our own to go for a walk, go for coffee, or whatever.
I love 'planning', and thinking up 'great ideas' for my family's future - I hope we actually DO these things!
What are some great family traditions that you have, or ways that you deliberately connect with your family?