Parent and Me Time
You remember that time… I know you do! The time when, before you had children, you were able to schedule yourself in a way that worked just for you. Then you met your significant other. Making that major shift from me time to we time worked out so well. So well, in fact, you both decided that we time was so much better than me time. You then made the big decision to add a little miracle into the mix (or maybe that little miracle made the decision for you -wink wink). Then as the months progressed after finding out you were going to have a baby… we time turned into me time, consumed by the excitement, nervousness and preparations.
Now… once the baby is born you find that me time is now we time again! It is we + 1 (or more if having multiple children your first time at bat). Then, once you get your groove on from all the baby every second needs, you find that the parents of this wee one want to share everything, experience all that is around you, start the fun education process and open the world up to them.
You go for walks with your child in the stroller. You make playdates with friends with children. You go to the now oh-so-proud grandparents’ house to share in your joy. You may even go to the library to STORY HOUR. There seems to be so many possibilities… then it might become a little boring. You start saying to yourself “If I were me, and I am, what awesome things did I do as a kid that I just love doing with my mom or my dad?” Sometimes geography gets in the way, or even that big looming over you head BUDGET!. So you keep on thinking and then you become too exhausted to even take a chance and get out there and share quality time with your child.
As our kiddos were growing up we found that having more than one child also put a slight damper on going out and having adventures together. Finally my husband and I put our feet down and said there has to be a way. We met at the kitchen table one summer and made a pact to always make individual time for our kids. We got the out calendar and gave each child a week (by that time we had 3 kiddos). After each week on the calendar was penned in we decided to give the children an option to do one thing they wanted with one parent i.e.; PARENT AND ME time. Then when that particular child’s week rolled around again, it was the other parent’s turn for PARENT AND ME time.
This has worked out so well!!! Each child (and parent) is able to have individual attention placed on them. We found out early on that each child is so different. They did not come from the same mold, that is for sure!!! The kiddos do have trouble thinking of fun things to do from time to time. This is when the parents step in and help them out. I am going to help you out to find fun things to do together during your PARENT AND ME time.
I will try to post daily ideas that will get you and your child the much-needed quality time together. I will always give ways that take the side of caution in regards to your budget as well as give you some of those out of the ballpark ideas that maybe, just maybe, you will be able to take part in either now or in the future. I will try to give you ideas in an age sequence for all of the possible ages of your children >0-6, 7-12, and 13-18 years of age. My hope is that you take the opportunity to help each child grow on an individual basis. I had 6 brothers and sisters, yet my mom was able to give us time individually and it made all the difference in the world to me.
So… for your first installment of PARENT AND ME TIME:
0-18 YEARS OF AGE: Budget Friendly>
Picnic in the park – pack your basket with fun foods you already have in your pantry and fridge. Let your kiddo help you pack. Don’t forget a special blanket to sit on. Once there, find a special spot just for you two and have a wonderful time talking, eating, and sharing the beautiful time together. Great At Any Age!!
0-18 YEARS OF AGE: Out of the Ballpark>
Zoo Time – Pack up all that you need and don’t forget the camera! Experience the joy of your child taking in all that the Zoo has to offer! Great At Any Age!!
So… don’t make any excuses today. Get down with your child and give them your individual attention!! You both deserve it!
Have fun, families!! Remember to Always Make the Most of Every Moment!