One-On-One Time with your kids. Is it even possible? I mean we live in such a busy world and many times that business can create a disconnect with our favorite little people. Yes, even though we spend most of our days together…we still need to find ways to set aside one-on-one time with our children individually.
But, here’s the thing…life happens…so you may need to plan ahead.
Here are some easy ways to incorporate one-on-one time with your kids.
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The Importance of Spending One-On-One Time With Your Child
Yesterday, this fella and I shared some one on one time! Over pizza and coffee, we talked about video games, books, science, homeschool, ballet, and everything in between.
Then there were the deeper subjects that came up, but all of it was important. Even the video games, folks. Because it’s all important to him.
By the end of our little date, we had a renewed connection and a deeper understanding of each other. I hope to make one on one time a priority with both of my kiddos this year.
One-on-one time helps to strengthen your connection with your children and helps to fill their bucket, so to speak. Now, I admit I’m not the best at always remembering to dedicate one-on-one time with my kids. But, I love that the Brave Writer Lifestyle actually encourages one-on-one time as much as it inspires art appreciation, poetry teatime, and writing.
10 Easy Ideas for Spending One-On-One Time With Your Child
Here are some easy ways to connect with your kiddos in a meaningful way.
- Play Games – play their best-loved game with them. For my daughter, that would be Sleeping Queens, while my son LOVES a good game of chess.
- Art – My daughter loves for me to do art projects with her. Get messy and have fun!
- Read Together – Read-aloud from a book of their choice.
- Play – For your littles be sure to put aside time for pretend play with their favorite toys. Sit down and play with them on their level. For my daughter, this would be playing with her Calico Critters…for my son it would be Legos.
- Let them stay up one night a week – They may choose a book or a game to play. Anything except T.V. is fair game…just the two of us.
- Mommy and Me Date Nights – Or Daddy and Me date nights! When’s the last time you took your kiddo on a “date?” While my son and I may go on pizza and coffee dates, my husband takes our daughter to Daddy/Daughter dances! You can usually find Mom and Son Tea, Sweetheart dances, and the like. Check with your town and see if they offer such community events.
- Cook a meal together – My kids LOVE to get in the kitchen and prepare everything from full meals to desserts. Occasionally we will split up the cooking for more one-on-one time. My son may help me prepare dinner, and then my daughter helps me create a dessert.
- Snuggle – Sometimes my kids just want to snuggle. No TV, no phones, undivided snuggle time on the couch.
- Run Errands Together – My son has fond memories of going to Target with me to pick up some much-needed items. While there we would share a Twix Candy Bar and a Soda. Simple, but for him it was memorable.
- Talk About the Things They Love – Be sure to talk to your kids about the things THEY love. Give them your undivided attention. This includes those video games, folks! If it’s important to them, then make it a priority to learn more about their passions. Let them feel heard.
Spending Individual Time Alone With Each Child
Finding time for each of your kids doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be easy when you ask questions about their passions or interests. Books make for great discussion topics as well!
Undivided attention can mean extra special conversations. Put away your phone and give your kiddo some whole-hearted consideration. Plan out ways that you can make your child feel special. You don’t need to spend tons of money to make your kids feel significant. Just give them loads of quality one-on-one time.