I love spending time with my son alone. He daddy-obsessed, so sometimes it is hard for me to compete when he has my husband to wrestle with or to help wash the car & do yard work outside. Every once in awhile I can talk him into joining me on a quick trip to Target or a bike ride together, and it is so nice because we can really TALK.
My work schedule has been a little all over the place lately, with the Miami Heat in the finals and people using vacation time… so I felt like I needed some one on one time with my sweet boy. We didn’t have anything going on this weekend, so I told my hubby I was sneaking away on a mommy/son date.
Here are 5 tips to have a fantastic mommy/son (or daughter!) date day!
- Let your child choose the activity: It is a special day for both of you, but your child should feel like the star. Let him or her decide what you guys are going to do. If you are on a budget, tell him he has to pick something that doesn’t cost any money. (like a picnic at the park, or a trip to the library or beach) Hudson decided he wanted to go play mini golf, since he did that recently with his Grandma, Papa, & cousins and he said he had so much fun he wanted to go again so I could see how good he was at it.
- Be prepared: Once your child decides, make a plan. I was up early, so I made sure I checked out a bunch of mini golf places, so I knew exactly where we were going to go, what time they opened, and what other activities they had there. I chose a place that also had go karts and bumper boats since I knew he would LOVE that. I felt like I was way ahead of the game, since I had a coupon for free golf, but once I got there discovered it was expired. Fail. But I tried.
- Make it special: I told him about our ‘date’ during the week, so he had time to look forward to it. As soon as Hudson woke up on Saturday, I was getting him excited about our big day together. I made him a special breakfast, shaping his pancakes into a kitty. (what 5 year old can resist a kitty?) I also told him we could get ice cream after we golfed and he could pick which place we went to. (he chose Menchie’s, despite that fact that I was REALLY pushing Cold Stone Creamery)
- Put Your Phone Away: As tempting as it is to document your day and show everyone on Facebook & Instagram how much fun you are having… try to keep your phone in your purse. I took a few pictures of our time together, but only because my son is a total ham, and he asked me to. Even when he did the bumper boats by himself, I snapped a quick pic, then put my phone away… I didn’t even check my emails, or do a quick scroll through twitter. I was temped though. (I mean, how long can you watch kids on bumper boats?)
- Be flexible: Hudson was so excited about the go kart ride and bumper boats that by the time we finally got to mini golf, it started to pour. (which didn’t matter too much since Hudson was soaking wet from everyone spraying each other with water on the boat ride) I asked him if he wanted to play in the rain, wait it out, or see if I could get a rain check. He said he was cold and wet and wanted to leave. In the car, he said he still really wanted ice cream, but he wanted to go home and change first. Since my husband and Mila were just hanging out when we got there, he asked if it was okay to invite them to come with us. I said of course, and then we all went for ice cream, which was not part of the plan but it ended up being even better. He explained our day to Donnie while we all ate frozen yogurt. Be ready to go with the flow, even if things aren’t going the way you imagined it. In the end we never even got to play mini golf… but now we have a free round waiting for us and I got a few precious hours with my little man.
What are some of your favorite mommy/son or mommy/daughter date day activities?