moses monday...

The biggest challenge in having two kids so far is making sure that each of them feel loved, special and an essential part of our family. Doug and I decided when we got pregnant with Aaron that his arrival would be a good time to start doing special outings with just Moses. :)
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On Sunday I asked Moses if he wanted to go on a date with me the next day...he spent the rest of the day asking to go on a date...I am pretty sure he had no idea what he was asking for. :)
Then on Monday, when Doug got home, I asked Moses if he was ready for our date...he jumped at the chance to go out, just the two of us...I took him out for frozen yogurt and then to pick out a new train at Toys R Us. :)
I knew he would enjoy the undivided attention but I had no idea that he would beam so much. You could see it in his face how happy he was and how loved he felt. :) He told everyone that we saw on our outing that he was on a date. :)

Of course that night he went to bed early because he refused to stay in time out...but we won't focus on that part of Monday. :)

How do you make each of your kids feel special?

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8 comments:

Marie said...

So adorable! We also have regular "dates" with each of our 3 children individually. Saturdays are pancake and strawberry breakfast mornings which they look forward to. We go on family bike rides and often stop what we're doing to just sit and play a game or hang out with them. I confess my husband is better at this than I am, but the way the kids faces light up is just a heartwarming thing to witness.

Ali said...

My kids are older (12 and 15) so it is hard to get them to slow down long enough to do anything special for them anymore. I think that it is special when we have timw to sit together and talk one on one. It is amazing what a kid will tell you when he or she gets on a roll.

Michelle said...

You know we have done this for years with each of our four boys. Hopefully soon we will have to squeeze a little girl into the dating mix.

Kristi said...

That's wonderful! Have you ever seen Jon and Kate + 8? We don't have broadcast or cable TV, but my mom bought me the DVDs because she loves that show. Now there are part(s) of the show that annoy me, but I love those kids and I saw the episodes when they took each child out for a special day and it broke my heart a little that it took that to be able to focus on each individual child. So it helped me realize how blessed we are to have two which are much easier to hear and focus on. Whenever we get the chance to take the kids out by themselves, we always find it to be a wonderful time with each of them. I think this is so important and give you a big thumbs up for seeing that importance too!

barnraisedinfreshdirt said...

I also do this with my oldest...Alot of times, we do picnics and PlayDough Play dates...We call them our "Hot Dates"....It is so nice to be with the older of the two..you forget what it felt like...

Jessica said...

When my son was born we started taking our 3 yr old daughter on special "dates" with Mommy and Daddy. Daddy's better at this right now since I'm still nursing our son :), although I do LOVE to take her out to paint ceramics.

Bonnie said...

You are such a great mom.Your kids are very lucky to have both of you!.
My kids are so spread out in age but I do try to spend some time doing things.
My oldest.. She is 18 so she likes big outings. We do these only about 2X a year but she is so busy with graduation, and takes college classes 3 nights a week it is hard to pin her down . So In2 weeks she and I are going about 120 miles away and staying in a nice little hotel We plan on doing a lotof mall shopping :-) eating out lots of seafood and going to shows , or whatever hits our fancy. She has never driven in a big city so we are going to work on that as well and come back home the next afternoon. I may even treat her to a spa day .
My 15 yo is a little harder and his dadis never around, I have to find things he would like to do but most of them he would rather I just took him and dropped him off.. heheh My 10 year old chooses Movie night every Thursday night, everyone is gone but she, I her dad and the oldest boy who retreats to his room to study, we then drag out all of the snackies, some times we even pull out the tents and get right in and watch a movie eat popcorn, play some boardgames and sometimes even sleep eight in the tent, We do smores right over the stove.
The baby. well he is made special every day by everyone so his day is everyday...

A Little Of A Lot said...

Independent time w/ each child is so important.
This past Saturday I had date night w/ my 11 y/o son, I told him we'd go anywhere for dinner, his choice, he chose Panera Bread ;-) and then afterwards he asked for a trip to B&N, he's going to be the perfect husband one day, LOL.
My 17 y/o and I tend to spend a lot of time together too, generally Saturday or Sunday we'll do lunch together. My 5y/o is still home w/ me every morning, but once or twice a week we bake together and every Tuesday we do a big art project. Sometimes we'll take a time out and go for ice cream.
I think it's important to spend that one on one undivided time w/ each child, even if it's just a walk around the block.
Enjoy all the fun dates you have in your future

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