I don't know about other families, but our family life can get pretty busy. We often make time to go on outings with the kids and do fun things together as a family, but it is so easy to neglect the one-on-one relationships (parent to child).
So somewhere along the way we picked up a really cool concept of "special time"... this is where each child has a "date" with their mum or dad, and can decide to do something very special.. just the two of them.
Our kids love their special time, and often when a child is playing up or withdrawn, all that is needed is some special time with one parent (or even grandparent!).
Whether it's going to a cafe together for a fluffy, having a private tea party, watching a movie together, visiting the $2 shop for a treat or Dad just having Dad-kid special time caving (while mum put her feet up) - the concept is so simple and yet so genius! Hopefully it will continue on even when the kids are grown up.