While we regularly schedule family activities, we also seek to spend time with each child individually. Here are ten ways you and one of your children can enjoy being together.
- Let your child choose what he/she would like to play – anything from dress-up to Legos, fire trucks to Candy Land.
- Go outside together. Go for a walk, ride bikes, jump rope, play catch in the backyard. You can burn calories and bond with your child at the same time!
- Take him/her out for breakfast, lunch or ice cream – just the two of you.
- Tackle a project together; plant some flowers or vegetables, wash the car or clean the playroom. Build a model car or create an art project that he can keep.
- Shop for something just for that child. It doesn’t have to be expensive; a trip to the dollar store or a visit to the dollar section of Target or a craft store can provide plenty of choices.
- Set aside a weekly time to talk. I designate one night a week for each of my daughters and I to spend ten minutes just before bedtime talking about any subject they wish.
- Read a book. Find a quiet corner during a time when other siblings are occupied and read a book or a chapter of a longer book together.
- Serve someone as a team. Take one child with you when you deliver a meal to a new mother or drop off donations at a neighborhood shelter.
- Bake a favorite treat together.
- Pray together. If your child is struggling in some area or has just received an unexpected blessing, take time to be alone with that child to either ask God for His help or thank Him for His goodness.
How do you spend one-on-one time with each of your children? I’d love to hear your ideas!