I remember once when my son was about 8 years old, we were preparing for a night to the movies, just the two of us. He must have been playing some game on his play system at the time and I will never forget the look on his face when I walked out of my room. His eyes were wide and he said, “Mom, you got ready for ME?” Sad to say that my regular daily “look” is more thrown together than put together, but on this night, I took the time to blow-dry and flatiron my hair, found some makeup that hadn’t expired yet on my nightstand, and managed to put together somewhat of an “outfit” for our excursion. The expression on his face was priceless. I’ve never felt so beautiful in my life!
That date was definitely not the first “date” we’ve had together, but it was probably the first time he realized it was special “us” time. Fast forward nearly 9 years later and we’ve been on countless dates together. Sometimes it’s just the two of us and sometimes it’s both of my kids and maybe a dog or two. But for the most part, it’s one on one and something that I look forward to always!
So why do I date my kids? I tell them that I love them every single day. We give hugs and kisses and all that mushy stuff. But giving them this special time has always been very important to me. When times were really rough and money was nowhere to be found other than (barely) paying the bills, we simply had “one on one time” at home. We still do pretty much every day. I’m dang lucky that my kids enjoy spending time with me! It costs nothing (except maybe starting dinner a half an hour later), but it’s priceless, really!
Not so random. My kids and I go through the months of the year. We take out birthday months and big holiday months and turn them into “family” dates. Then we alternate the rest. For instance, my son and I went to Wiz Khalifa while my daughter and I went to Ladies of the 80’s concerts during their months. My daughter preferred a pizza date while my son preferred a night at the local MMA fights. This month is actually family month and we are going to the fair to celebrate the end of our school years!
When my kids get so busy with their grown up lives, my hope is that they find the time to continue this tradition and pass it along to their kids. Omigosh, I’m gonna have grandbabies to date someday!!!
Have you ever “dated” your children?