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When I was young, Saturday was doughnut day. My dad would take turns with each child taking them to the doughnut store to pick out goodies for the rest of the family. I have such fond memories of doing this with him. I really loved picking out the bear claws and long johns! I loved it so much that my husband and I have decided to carry on the tradition with our kids. It’s a simple way to spend one-on-one time with a child each week and it’s like an adventure! Since Caden (4 yo) is the only one old enough to care, he gets to go with dad every Saturday. We’ve only been doing it for a few weeks and he loves and looks forward to it!
I don’t talk a lot about it on this blog, but my husband is VERY busy. He’s working full-time and working on his MBA full-time too. It’s exhausting for all of us, but it’s made us realize that it is possible to build a quality relationship with children when time is limited. I was reading a study (which I can’t find a link to now! Sorry!) that stated how it only takes 5 minutes a day with each child to build confidence and trust within them. These are 5 quality minutes where the child has your undivided attention.
Even though I stay at home with my children most of the time, spending time one-on-one with each child can be a bit of a challenge. I find I have more success if I carve out time and plan ahead. Do you have times that you carve out to spend time one-on-one with your children? What sort of activities do you do?