As lives get busy and children grow up, it can be hard to find the quality time to spend with our children. Jobs, school, sports practices, recitals, friends…all take up our time. One thing that I would suggest, especially as our kids turn to teens, is a “date night”.
It does not have to be every week and could even just be once a month, but setting aside one night, few hours, or whatever works for you is a great idea. Be sure that you plan that time together so that you choose something that both enjoy.
My daughter and I love Mexican cuisine. So, for our date night we go out to dinner to our favorite Mexican restaurant. We really take our time and enjoy the dinner. It has become such a “thing” for us that my daughter does not like anyone else to ever go to that restaurant with us!
Other suggestions for your time together could include a movie, shopping, mini golf, picnic, archade, spa day, or even the beach.
We receive a community paper that lists local classes being offered. I thought it would be really fun for me and my daughter to take a class together. Whether it is artistic like pottery or painting or something valuable like self-defense, this is also a great idea. My daughter has not warmed to this option yet, unfortunately, but I am still trying!
The point is that if you plan a regular date night with your teen then you can both look forward to that special time together, however often it may be. It is time for just the two of you to reconnect and I know that it really works for my daughter and I. It is one of those times we use to talk about serious things, girl things, or just laugh with each other.
Do you do something like this with your son or daughter? Please share your comments and suggestions!