I have only one child and I strive to make as many happy memories of the two of us as possible. There is something deeply important to me about making memories out of both the simple and even mundane, as well as exciting experiences. With a mixture of both, I hope to give my daughter a childhood that is fun, memorable, and happy. I will cherish my memories forever. These are just some of the things we have done together.
- We recently went to an afternoon movie together, which is something we do a few times a year. Sin of sins, I bought movie theater popcorn and pop – which I NEVER do. I told her, “This is a special treat.” I know the food was terrible for us, but I also don’t want to be militant about food. So I relaxed and just had fun with her. It was great.
- Occasionally, we will have lunch or dinner together somewhere. It’s such a simple thing to eat – we do it every day – but spending one-on-one time with a child can make it a memory.
- There are times when I let her pick out a small toy (typically under $10) just because. For no reason other than, “I love you.”
- I typically take her to swim at the YMCA once a week. I watch her swim and she enjoys saying, “Mommy, watch this!” It’s something she always looks forward to when I tell her I’m taking her swimming.
- She loves to play board games. Her current favorites are Go Fish, Twister, Spot It!, Hedbanz, Clue, and occasionally Candy Land. This is classic parent-child bonding.
- When the weather is nice, nothing beats taking a child to the park and just watching them play with abandon. She loves to show me her slide skills or ask me to push her on the swing.
- Sometimes we do something extra special, like in December when we got dressed up and went to the ballet. It was such a great experience for both of us!
- Reading books together is simple and wonderful on many levels
- She also loves taking walks with our dogs or me walking while she rides her bike or scooter
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but just an example of some of the things I love to do with my child. Sometimes we struggle to take time out of our busy lives to simply share a little one-on-one time with a child, but when we do, and we are actively present in the moment with our child (i.e. not on a phone, the internet, or talking to someone else), it is wonderful for both the child and parent.
What are your favorite ways to spend quality time with your child[ren]?