It’s hard to believe that I began planned one-on-one time with the kids in September and I still have not taken all of them out for their date! I suppose I am much slower these days!
Little Jason has had a rough time with the new baby transition. It seems like he is left out much of the time. Over the holidays Daddy spent endless hours on the Wii with the girls. That used to be when Little Jason would come hang out with me, but now he finds me feeding or holding Bobby. I do think he is feeling neglected. And just look at him, the poor boy needs a hair cut–for crying out loud!
So when I needed to run a quick errand I invited him to go with me. He held my hand as we walked around the store and was as sweet as could be. His eyes lit up when I asked him if he’d like to go to McDonalds for ice cream afterward. He was so excited he wouldn’t even look up for a picture. I had fun watching as he licked and chewed on the dripping cone. When he was half way through with it he set it down to go look at something. It fell off the table with a splat. He was so upset. I picked up the gooey mess and handed it back to him telling him to eat it anyway. We still believe in the three second rule around here! He was dubious at first, but then finished it off without putting it down again.
He felt so special when he told the girls where he went, and they were all jealous. Yes it is hard for this new mother of five, but I will keep looking for those opportunities to take them out individually. It is so worth it!
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Oh how precious! Glad you were wise and had insight into what he needs.
I bet that was awesome for him! He looks so cute in that picture!
There’s no doubt about it, I bet he loved every minute of having you to himself. Definitely a goal to keep – that one on one time with the kids. We started trying it ourselves here – My favorite part is that somehow in that one on one time I actually “see” my kids, and my patience with them is restored.
Elle (@Cleverlychangin) says
This is a beautiful post. It is also a great reminder to all parents about what matters most.
shari lynne @ Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers says
You are the BEST Mommy 🙂
Gosh does he look so cute! And don’t I know that need to have some one on one Mommy time! When you get to a certain amount of kids you have to be creative about it, and I’ve also found that letting one child come along with me while I run errands is a BIG treat for them.
Yes, gone are the days when we could spend an hour (or more) doing all sorts of fancy stuff…but I honestly feel my kids are just as happy with the simple stuff we do together.
As the saying goes, it’s not what you do, but who you do it with :).
Susan Evans says
Umm… I would have bought him another cone…
But it reminds me of when I was a little girl and used to eat M&M’s that I found on the floor…
i like to send my son on “man trips” with my hubby…. its usually just to gas up the car or buy milk and bread.. but the kiddo loves it! 🙂 you are wise to see Jason’s need and act on it.. but then again, we know you are a super awesome mama!
Lori@ Teacher Turned Mommy says
what a great moment. I can’t imagine how hard it is to find those precious moments with each one now, but I’m sure it will smooth out soon as your littlest one gets a bit older
Mama P says
Yep! 3 second rule applies around these parts as well :), My grandma always tells me we all have to eat a little dirt before we die 🙂
Yay for mommy dates, I really need to do that with my three, especially my 4 yr old!!
I’m So happy you’re doing this and I hope you never stop. I remember how excited I was as a kid whenever my Dad would take me on a date. I’d get all dressed up to go out. I was the middle child between 5 girls and so one-on-one time was so important. Keep it up :).
Looks like you had a blast!!
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Castle For Keeps says
These times are special and I too have one little person that tends to be left out. So I know just how you felt when he held your hand all to himself.