Do you have kids? When was the last time you had a date night with your kids? You know like I do that once the kids arrive, your life is never the same. And now we have entered the grandparents mode. As parents, we are our kids first example of what adulting looks like and we need to be the biggest influence in their lives. The only way to strengthen the relationship and bond you have with your children is to communicate regularly with them and spend quality time with your children, i.e. date night with your kids.
Now, I definitely understand the importance of this today but I failed at this with my kids. I was working so hard to make sure they had everything they wanted that I failed to spend “enough” quality time with them. Yes, we went on family vacations and out to eat but we didn’t have the regular mommy and daughter nights. I hate that I didn’t realize how important that time was to their formative years, but God has given me another chance to get it right with my grandbabies.
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I plan weekly date nights with those silly grands of mines. The date night with the kids is important to me and a priority in the relationship I am building with them. Quality time is essential in building the relationship that I want with them. It affords me the chance to build an open communication, a level of respect and a solid foundation for them.
Last week, the girls and I had a sleepover. Yes, a sleepover in our living room floor with sleeping bags and all. We watched The Wiz and the Sprout channel all night and munched on peanut butter sandwiches, popcorn, and juice.
We had a fun time. The four-year-old wanted to “have a sleepover” every night! I am so excited to build these memories with them.
As a parent, we get so busy providing financially, physically that we forget to provide mentally. Schedule a day to date night with your kids. Make it fun and allow the kids to be kids.