Life is a struggle to stay balanced and live intentionally. It’s a battle to get your work done and spend quality time with your children. It’s about trying live a minimalist lifestyle and creating amazing memories. THIS! This is what we’re here to talk about today. How can you manage to create lifelong memories for your children without cluttering your home or if you do bring stuff home let it be stuff you LOVE. It’s not an easy task, but I’ve thought of 25 AWESOME mother/child dates for your needs.
- Have a picnic. We did this at a local park just last night, and it was fabulous. I made curried chicken salad to take with us, and we watched the river roll on by.
- Watch a movie. Our favorite is Disney’s Robin Hood.
- Have a dance party. Sweet Baby J’s current favorites involve “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”, but he also loves “Uptown Funk.” You should try to keep it varied for your sanity.
- Go for a walk. It can even be just around the neighborhood.
- Play their favorite game. Peekaboo can get old but to your child it’s magical.
- Take in a local free attraction. We love the Botanical Gardens.
- Talk it out. You’ll be amazed what you can learn when you don’t pressure them to talk but just chat.
- Fix something that is broken around the house. We weeded this weekend. Sweet Baby J loved bringing out his little shovel.
- Get an ice cream from your local shop. Ours is incredible.
- Go to the farmers market. Let them pick out a vegetable or fruit. They’ll be way more likely to eat it and get excited about that dinner.
- Play quack quack games. These are the games that are often unwinnable outside of the supermarket etc, but they sure are fun.
- DIY Manicure/Pedicure. Yes even with little boys. We all need our cuticles pushed back and our nails trimmed.
- Share a meal at your favorite spot. 1 meal won’t cost a lot, and you can have a shared experience. Describe what you taste.
- Do a craft. Right now we love to build with blocks more than craft but it uses the same skills.
- Attend a yoga class. A lot of studios offer these for free or by donation.
- Go for a drive. Just look at the scenery and discuss what you see.
- Go to the movies. I hear Finding Dory was amazing.
- Take your child to their favorite store. Buy 1 thing. For us, it’s a bookstore, and we can never get out without buying 1 thing. Sweet Baby J insisted on Goodnight Gorilla last time.
- Go to a bookstore and read. I often do this alone with kids books to find one I can deal with reading 50 times in a row.
- Plan out one of your child’s financial goals. Do they want to buy an awesome new toy? Plot out how to save for that.
- Get a day pass for a local attraction. Our indoor playground is $5, and it’s so worth it on rainy days.
- Indulge in a bubble bath. I let my little guy do this by himself, but I sit beside the tub and we chat. It has been a great time to practice colors and words.
- Build a pillow fort. Was there a better memory from your childhood?
- Take your child to a spot with history for you. Tell them about it. It’s great to share a little bit of the past with them, and it’ll take you back to your own childhood.
- Buy tickets to a sporting event. We love to go see our local minor league team. They usually have $1 dog nights too so it’s a cheap date!
I love spending special time with my son. I love creating memories. I want him to associate going to get ice cream as a time when we really got to know one another. Honestly, I think that the memories we create with our children have very little to do with the money we spend so just get out there and do something! I know you’ll be so glad that you did. What was your favorite childhood memory?
What’s important to your family? Is it spending time doing things outdoors? Is it going to the farmers market weekly? Is it not saying yes to things that drain your energy? Find out by completing this FREE 5 Page Family Mission Statement Workbook.