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Dating Our Little Munchkins

>> Thursday, July 19, 2012

This past Monday I decided I was going to take my nearly 4 year old son on a date that night, and all day long I was mentally writing a post in my head about the importance of taking our children on dates. Several months ago, I'd take him on dates often, and it was so fun to have that time with him.

And then our date was about as fun as having someone pluck your arm hairs one by one.

But the truth of the matter is, it is important. I think we all learn that having one on one time with our kids is important (especially after more children come into the picture) but there is something about taking them on a date with just the two of you that makes them feel extra special.

So what do you do when you take your kid on a date? It's super simple. There is one thing that I strongly believe should always be involved: food. Generally speaking, where kids are concerned, eating any place but home is fun, so it doesn't have to break the bank. And of course, dessert. My son and I annihilated our Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili's in about 2 seconds flat. (If you haven't had one of those yet, quickly ask your child on a date, and go have one immediately!)

As far as activities go, truly anything they do with you, and you alone, is perfect. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. There is a strong possibility that I took my son with me to my chiropractic appointment on our date, and that was actually one of the highlights of the date. But really, anything goes. Going to the store, going for a walk, going to the park, the mall...anything.

Our children crave our attention and love, and taking them on a date every so often is a perfect way to give them that time they need. (Not to mention the time YOU need alone with them!) And if you have a torturous date like I did, don't let it get you down! And I promise, you'll love it no matter what, and so will they!

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Megan July 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM  

On Monday I took my son to the bank to deposit his piggy bank money and to the library. Then we went to lunch at Wendy's, he loved it!

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