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Before Easton was born it was easy to spend quality time with Connor. He pretty much went everywhere with me. Hubby was deployed a lot and it was just Connor and me. Well, things have definitely changed since we had Easton. He’s our little wild child and it’s not that easy to spend one on one time with Connor. I have to plan things around Easton’s nap or we make sure to schedule quality time with just Connor. Hubby and I are making it a priority to spend one on one time with Connor. And, guess what? It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. You just gotta do it and we’ve learned that it means a lot to Connor.
I read an article a few years ago where each of there children has a special day once a month on their birthday date. So, we took that advice and gave Connor is own day once a month. His birthday is the 3rd so every month that’s his day. He gets to choose what we do one on one that day. Sometimes it’s an ice cream date or a movie date. It’s his day – his choice. And when Easton gets older we’re definitely carrying on the tradition. Having a specific date every month helps to keep it consistent.
Learn a New Skill Together
Last week Connor and Tim were obsessed with solving his Rubik’s cube. They sat for hours watching YouTube videos so they could try to solve it together. A few months ago Connor and I practiced learning sign language together. It’s all about finding what they’re interested in and doing it with them.
Work on the Car Together
Hubby would say the family that changes the oil together, stays together. I prefer to just watch but I love that he’s excited to teach our son these important life skills. This is how my husband enjoys spending time with Connor. They wash the cars together and this past summer they worked together to change the oil in both cars. My husband can’t wait to teach both our boys all about car maintenance. And, honestly, I’m excited to watch them bond over the engine of the car.
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Read a Book Together
Connor and read together every night. He reads a page and I read a page. We talk about the characters and predict what is going to happen next. We especially love to read mysteries together so we can try and solve them before we finish the book. Last year we took the 20 Book Challenge together and read 20 different genres. Stay connected with a good book. Gotta love that!
Create Something Together
This can be a craft project or a recipe in the kitchen. Work together to follow a recipe or work on a craft project together. Don’t worry if you aren’t crafty. Just have fun together.
Spending one on one time with Connor helps us stay connected when life gets busy. How do you spend quality time with your children?
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