In our article 4 Reasons Why Parents Should Spend More Time With Their Child, we mentioned how time is the most valuable thing a person can spend. Deep down, your children don’t care how exciting a date you plan for them – they just want you.
If you’re stumped for ideas what you can do on your date with your kid, here are a few ideas to try:
Let your child choose his favourite café or restaurant, order the food, and make decisions like when to ask for the ice cream. Talk about how your week has been.
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2. Watch a Movie
You can stay in the comfort of your home for this, as long as no one else is around! Watch a new DVD, snuggle on the couch, and munch on popcorn and chips. Then discuss what you’ve watched over hot chocolate and marshmallow.
3. Picnic in the park
Pack a simple picnic basket and head to your nearest park or reservoir on foot or bike (or scooter!). This would be a great opportunity to teach your child how to ride a bike or skate.
4. People watch
Find somewhere where you can just sit and watch the world go by. It could be in the window of a café that’s right next to the road. You can learn a lot by observing the world around you, and so can your child.
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5. Treasure hunt
Go to the beach or the park, and let your child wander free, picking up anything that catches his eye to admire and/or keep. You’ll be surprised how many items qualify for “treasure” in the eyes of our little ones. Find out why.
By Dorothea Chow
This article was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine
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