20 February 2009

Special Time

One of my parenting passions would definitely have to be 'special time'... parents making the time in their often busy lives to plan regular 'special time' with each of their children (especially once they are off to school).

Having been involved in youth work for many years, there seems to be one constant issue that arises with troubled youth... the feeling or perception that their parents just aren't interested in their life and struggles, or that they just don't have the time for them.

It is definitely a challenge at times to do, but it is achievable and absolutely worth the effort. I love this tip from Parents Inc. that I received in an email the other day...

"We remember our children’s birthdays and celebrate them, but often the decision to have other special, one-on-one times just gets overlooked. Here’s a tip: circle your child’s birth date on every month of the calendar, e.g. if his birthday is on the 17th of a particular month, circle the 17th on every month throughout the year. That will be the day each month you plan to do something with that child. Keep it small and achievable. Make up a list of simple activities you could do: a swim, a cycle, a hot chocolate, a breakfast together or a game of cards."

So this is something we have decided to do, and yesterday was Master 7's turn. He decided he wanted to spend some time with Daddy, fishing in the local harbour. His highlight was the iceblock Dad bought him afterwards (maybe that was because they didn't catch any fish). I couldn't believe the difference when he arrived home... our quiet little chap wouldn't stop talking!

I encourage you parents out there to take the plunge and make 'special time' a priority. It's worth it!

5 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more with you Kristy. Great post! I love my little dates with the kids ... Mark too.

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  2. I love the parents inc. idea! May have to implement that one in our house!!! :)

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  3. what agreat idea!!! must start that now...off to the calendar I go!!!

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  4. Hi, Just enjoying your blog
    One on one is fabulous, for both of you. It can sometimes be hard to fit in, but builds such great memories and really strengthens the "fabric" of the family bond. I think it gives my kids time to get to know me, find stuff out about me or their dad that they ordinarily not find out.

    Love your blog.

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  5. You guys are the coolest parents. That almost brought a tear to my sappy eyes.

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