Mommy Dates: One-On-One Time with Your Child

With a million Mom jobs and life that rushes full speed ahead, making that one-on-one time for your children can be a challenge. You blink and your baby is starting school, the years seem to melt together and at the end of the day, you lay awake wondering if you connected with your children enough. Did their eyelids sink closed in peaceful slumber knowing they are special and loved by you? Or with all three clamoring for your attention, did you find a way to give each of them what they deserve? Making special time for each child strengthens your relationship with that child, helps you learn new things about them and see them in a different light, and allows them to know that they special to you. That is why we try to create a monthly Mommy Date for each child.

What is a Mommy Date?

A Mommy Date is exactly that…a date with just you and Mom! Special time together where you can do things that you enjoy to fill their memory bank with moments. It doesn’t need to be big or elaborate, expensive or lavish. It just needs to be focused and purposeful one-on-one time with that child. The time where all of life’s distractions (including your phone) are put aside and your undivided attention is on that one child.

Why is a Mommy Date so important?

Everyone needs to know that they are important. Your child is no exception. In this busy world where the internet is at your fingertips connecting you to friends, social media, and work your child is now not only competing for your attention with their siblings but with technology as well. With all distractions aside, your child will know that they are more important than any of those other things.

Your child will open up to you and share things with you that you otherwise might not know. It will feel like a safe space to share their worries, celebrate their successes, and discuss their challenges. Children will flourish in this setting and you may see them in a whole different light. My best example of this is when I take my middle baby girl on her Mommy Dates. She is normally my strong-willed child. She has learned to “fight” her way into this world, continually competing with a big sister and a baby sister. When it is just her and I, she is the sweetest little soul. Things that would normally erupt in temper tantrums or outburst are simply shrugged off. She models the behaviors and the word choices that some days I feel like I’m a broken record reminding her to do.

Ideas for Mommy Dates:

  • Go to the park.
  • Visit the library and snuggle up with a bunch of books.
  • Jump into your Mommy/Daughter matching DREAMLAND COMPANY LUXE cotton nightgown and snuggle up to a movie. Of course, don’t forget the popcorn!!! Plus, when you are cozy in your nightgowns, you can tell your little girl that they were sewn by women in a female-owned factory in the USA. It’s always important to discuss strong females in the world and this is the perfect opportunity! And I can honestly say that my daughter looked super cute in her little red nightgown and was glowing with pride because she matched her mommy.  There is a DEAL FOR MOMS if you use the code ‘ihelpmoms’ you get $5 off!
Us in our matching DREAMLAND nightgowns on our most recent Mommy Date!
  • Take a walk together.
  • Try out a class. Maybe you will both find you have a hidden talent for pottery.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Kick the rest of the family out and enjoy special time together in your own home.
  • Go shopping.
  • Escape to your bedroom, shut the door and play games.
  • Go out for ice cream.
  • Volunteer together

The list could go on. Sometimes I simply ask the child what they want to do and if it is feasible we do that.

Our time here on Earth is fleeting and our days are not guaranteed. My hope is through these Mommy Dates, I’ve filled their memory with moments that they can treasure forever.

28 thoughts on “Mommy Dates: One-On-One Time with Your Child”

  1. Love this post. My youngest needs one on one time – quality time is one of her love languages. It can get tricky with 5 kids in the house but it is so worth it.

  2. This is so sweet! I have a 4 month old – but I have always looked forward to having my little sidekick right next to me everywhere I g0! <3 I love these babies moments, but I can not wait for her to do big kid things with me!!!

  3. I have thought about doing this so many times. I have boy/girl 3 year old twins and I know they would love one on one time with me and their dad. Life gets busy but I know it’s so important. Great Post and thanks for the ideas!

    1. Yes, I totally understand how life can be so crazy and it is hard to carve out the time. But even if one is on the iPad for a bit and you sneak off with the other and have a secret meeting in the closet or little things like that can make them feel special. As a twin, I can only imagine the need for individual attention as they learn and develop who they are independent from the other.

  4. I love this! I have three boys, 2 of which are twins. Individual time with each is so important. We don’t have specific dates each month, but now I’m thinking we need to. Thank you for all the ideas!

  5. I LOVE this. I always had Mommy Dates with my mom, and while I don’t have any children yet, I can’t wait to suggest this to my mom friends and offer to babysit so they can spend individual time with each child.

  6. I can completely relate to this post. There’s not many times when I have one on one time with an individual child, so when we do I try to make it very special. There are some really good ideas in this post. I can think of one that will go with each child’s interest.

  7. Oh, I just love these ideas!! It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of things every day, so this is a nice reminder to take some purposeful time with each child!

    1. Thank you! I can totally see how it can be hard to carve out the time but even if you can do something little in a separate room together or sneak off and hold a secret meeting in the closet while the other two are busy it helps them feel special.

  8. Lovely post- I actually screenshotted your ideas for mommy dates 😊 I agree that it is veryy important to take time out to have one-to-one time with your child- those moments are priceless ❤️

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