It can be hard to plan one on one time with your kiddos, so we are going to try something to ensure our daughter gets quality alone time once a month with either Mom or Dad. On Hadley’s birthday date of each month, (her birthday is the 21st, so on or around the 21st of each month), she gets to have a “date” with just Mom or Dad. Having it on the same date each month, or around that date, makes it easy to plan. Plus, it lets Hadley have something to look forward to each month that is special to her.
We were a little behind on June’s birthday month! The month has been flying by. So for the month of June, Hadley decided to have a pool date with just her and I.
We arrived at the pool a little after it had opened, and barely anyone was there! The weather had been calling for severe storms later in the day, so we thought it would be a great day to go before the storms rolled in. And Kevin was home, so he stayed back at the house with Huxley. The water was absolutely freezing, and I couldn’t get in right away. Hadley on the other hand always jumps in, even if the water is cold.
This girl could live in water, every day, all day. Even though I didn’t get in right away, she was still so happy to be there with just me. The sun came out, and after a while I was feeling super-hot and my skin was getting red. More of a heat red, than burnt, so I slowly got in. Hadley and I tossed a ball for a while, while we dodged the kids kicking and splashing. When the water is freezing cold, any sort of splash sends shivers down my spine! But not Hadley, she just loves it. Hadley kept saying, “Mom, watch this” over and over. It was so cute. She would do different things off the diving board, jump in the deep end when they close the diving board, and we even practiced some of her strokes.
Kevin and I joined a rec volleyball league at the pool, it’s super chill but our team is a bit serious at times. I am not serious though! It’s volleyball for fun right? So anyways, Kevin and Huxley came up to the pool after his nap because we had an afternoon volleyball game. Awesome big sis watched Huxley for an hour while we played three games of volleyball. Towards the end of the game, Huxley was getting a little antsy and Hadley was a little frustrated trying to keep him happy. But it all worked out, and an hour went by super quick. To reward Hadley for doing such a great job watching Huxley, she got to pick out an ice cream at the pool snack bar before dinner. She’s the best big sister. We had a great day together!
She loves the idea of having special one on one time with her parents each month. We are going to take turns each month so we both get a chance to have our time with her throughout the year. I’m not saying we don’t get one on one time with her; I get a lot of time with her with my husband’s work schedule, but there is something special about planning something each month with her. It can be as simple as playing board games in the basement, coloring for an hour, going to a playground and eating dinner, just simple things. The point is, to be with just her and give her our undivided attention.
Happy Summer folks!
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