Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget about the little ones. Whether you’re a SAHM or WAHM, or otherwise employed outside of the home, it’s possible to try and cram way too much stuff into your life and, well, you-know-who gets the short end of the stick.
“Kid date ideas” really aren’t that hard to come up with…
…but it might mean you have to give it some time and thought!
Some time ago I explained my take on the “quantity-vs-quality” issue, and what we need to remember about investing time in our children. It’s important! And while I’m not trying to lay any (more) guilt than you already may be feeling for living a crowded life, here are some ideas for simple and easy-to-do activities that will make one-on-one time with your children a bit more memorable. Oh, and don’t forget to turn OFF the cell phone…or at least mute it…
- look through old baby pictures
- fly a kite
- visit an elderly/sick neighbor/friend/family member
- take a walk/bike ride/swim/exercise together
- watch old home movies or pop in a DVD at home (don’t forget the popcorn!)
- go to a card store and find funny ones to share
- plan an old-fashioned picnic, with food, blanket and books or games…but leave the phone and hand-held devices at home!
- go to a playground together
- bake cookies (or another favorite desert)… and eat them!
- go outside in the dark, lie on a blanket, look at the stars and catch fireflies
- plan and go on a scavenger hunt
- do a craft together (extra special if you take the time to scrounge up the supplies ahead of time…and together, of course!)
- go to a fast-food place, buy an ice cream cone or a drink, and play a card game in the booth
- visit a bookstore, pick out a favorite or 2 and “talk shop” (Some talking points: Share some of your favorite books as a kid? or even explain why you didn’t like to read as a child…)
- run errands together, bonus points if you run an errand or 2 for that elderly/sick person above!
- go bowling
- go to a photo booth and take goofy pictures together
- paint a piece of pottery together, and go out for ice cream when you return to pick it up
- build a fire in the backyard and make s’mores
- go get mani/pedis together
- start Christmas shopping (ya’ gotta do it anyway…)
- shop for Operation Christmas Child (do it specifically and this can start some super conversations on giving, gratitude, poverty, etc)
- go to a dollar store and see who can buy more with $5
I’m sure you can think of some others, too! The point here isn’t to make the activity costly or require too much advance preparation because those qualities will just lead you to put off the time spent together…
Think “easy”, think “inexpensive” and answer the question “what would my child like to do with me?” (even if you have to go ahead and ask ’em!)…and you have the groundwork for a wonderful date!
And you get extra brownie points if you add it as a regular event in your day-planner.
Well, I gotta run…my son is already out in the car waiting for our date…
Have a terrific time!