Do you have one-on-one time with your children?
Just like individual “me time” for moms and dads is important, individual one-on-on time with your children is also important.
In fact, this one-on-one time will go a long way towards strengthening your relationships with each of your kids, individually. Your kids will know that this “date night” is coming and that if there’s anything they want to talk about, they’ll have your undivided attention during this time. And, as parenting expert Holly Anderson explains in the podcast episode above, it’s key for nurturing the relationship you have with your kids.
You can call them whatever you want.
Kid night. Date night. Mother/Son time.
But by naming it and beginning to do it routinely, it becomes a tradition and something that your kids will (hopefully) look forward to every week.
The idea behind it, though, is that for one night, the parent can enter the child’s world. If you have your children, these kid nights may be shorter or they could be less frequent but longer-lasting if you have teens or pre-teens.
It honestly doesn’t matter.
The important thing is that it’s one parent and one kid and that it’s something that the kid wants to do.
Here are a few ideas of things you could do with your kids to start your own Kid Nights.
25 Fabulous One On One Time With Children Ideas
- Take your child to lunch/breakfast/dinner
- Go to the local zoo
- Take a walk or hike together
- Go fishing
- Fill your pockets with quarters and head to the arcade
- Play basketball together
- Throw around a football/kick around a soccer ball together
- See a movie (a drive-in can be especially fun)
- Play miniature golf (or grab the clubs and head to the driving range)
- Visit a local coffee shop together
- Take a painting class
- Take a dance class
- Visit a museum
- Go to a concert
- Go for a bike ride
- Train for and run a race together
- Make a meal together for the family
- Get a pedicure together
- Visit the park or playground
- Go shopping together
- Play video games
- Put together a puzzle
- Go bowling
- Go to the beach
- Visit a bookstore together
Final Thoughts on the Importance of One-on-One Time with Your Kids
“Kid nights” are prime opportunities to do something fun with your children, individually, while nurturing the relationship you have with them. Through these one-on-one interactions, you’ll be laying the groundwork that will make them more likely to open up to you and come to you with problems.
Put these date nights on the calendar. Talk about them as they’re approaching. Make it a big deal and something that you and your child can look forward to.
And even if it can’t be weekly, it still should be a regular event, something your kids KNOW will be coming, where they’ll have your undivided attention (no technology allowed!) for this period of time.
We offered a list of 25 ideas above to help you come up with ideas for what your kids might enjoy. But, really, the sky’s the limit! It could be something as simple as going to Starbucks together for a coffee date once a week or even just walking the dog together.
Do you do something like this now? We would love to hear about what YOU’RE doing for date nights with your kids! Let us know in the comments below.