What do you do for quality time with your kids? Do you schedule quality time with your kids, and if so, what does your scheduled time look like? A mom/son breakfast? A special dessert that you two bake together? Something more active? Do you schedule quality time in response to something (for example, business travel) or do you have it automatically built into your schedule? It’s been ages since we’ve discussed how to find quality time with your kids as a working mom (or, oof, this other discussion prompted by someone saying the time spent with her kids was “the best 15 minutes of her day”) — so let’s get into it!
It seemed like when the kids were younger, quality time was easier to come by, and easier to sate, if that makes sense — for my eldest, we had regular snuggles at bedtime and whenever we read books. If I or his father went away for business, a special present or treat would immediately make him feel loved, and if ice cream was involved, forget about it. Then his brother came, and the bedtime/reading snuggles got cut in half, basically — and now even those limited automatic snuggles are going away as, almost 8, he starts to prefer to read his own books or gets “treats” like late summer movie nights. It seems like my son and I both feel better connected if we have an occasional mom and son breakfast — nothing fancy, just a nearby diner — but I’m curious what else people like to do.
So, readers, let’s hear it — do you schedule quality time with your kids? Do you have it automated into your schedule (where, say, every third Friday of the month is mom and son breakfast), or do you have quality time as needed? What do you like to do for “quality time”?