So I'm a big fan of dating. This bit of information might surprise you. Maybe I don't seem like the dating-type? But over the years, I've become increasingly convinced that dating is the way to go.
Please hang in there with me while I explain.
The dating I'm talking about is setting aside a special time with each one of your children. We call it a "date" around here. And each child - whatever their age -- looks forward to this time together with great anticipation. It's a really Big Deal.
I'm sharing this with you because if I had any "secrets" as to how I keep close to my children's hearts? This would be one of them. There are so many strong reasons for having a special time with your child that I'm convinced we should make it a high priority in our parenting.
10 Reasons to Make Time Your Top Priority
1. You're pursuing a relationship with them.
Who doesn't want to be wanted? Children are no different. It's easy to fall into the habit of providing things for our children - toys, experiences, activities - and forget that what they really want is to be close to us.
2. You're communicating that they are important.
That you so value their company that you're willing to take the time and trouble to be with just them. This fact alone has a powerful influence on their lives.
3. You are making it special.
Isn't it good to break out of the routine now and then? To step away from chores, school, and schedules and do something different. It's wonderfully refreshing to both parent and child.