Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quality Time with Kids

When I was pregnant with Zoe I read aaaaaaaaaaaaaaall the articles evangelizing one-on-one time between parents and their children. Everyone said I might have to go out of my way to remember that special alone time, so I printed out a yearly calendar, and I was prepared to set regular outings with my kids.

But you know, the way my life has played out, I haven’t needed a reminder. It’s like keeping a post-it that I should remember to drink to stay hydrated or sleep to feel rested. I feel a natural desire to spend one-on-one time with my kids, like I feel thirst or fatigue. I know not every parent feels this way, but I am lucky to feel this way so far.

Zoe and I get alone time every afternoon when Jack naps, and I love our time to snack (then bathe) and read together. And then as Chris and I started having more date nights, Jack started describing our one-on-one time as a “date” with Daddy or Mommy. Needing almost no excuse to plan a Bay Area excursion, I started going on Saturday morning “dates” with Jack. Outings with children being what they are, something will eventually go horrifically wrong, but so far, those Saturdays have been good for everyone in our family. Jack and I get time together, Zoe gets a great nap, and Daddy gets alone time for the first time since marrying me.

Quality time is definitely my love language, so I like having that with my kids, and I liked having it with my parents. Did your parents spend alone time with you? Special vacations or special time at home? Do you plan special time alone with your kids?

b perry

p.s. So far my favorite trips have been to Berkeley Bowl and Delores Park, but I’m pretty sure the best one ever is going to be to the Color Factory in SF next month. OMG I AM SO EXCITED. I have zero chill, as it were.

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