If you want to start planning little Mommy (or Daddy) and Daughter Dates, here are some things we have done.My kids are younger but many of these ideas would work for older children and obviously a lot of this is just as fun for boys.Just last week we got up early on Saturday and just lounged around in bed watching people make cool stuff on You Tube. BUT this summer I bought the stuff and it is staring me down. They love to hear stories about the family too and if you have girls they might especially be interested in the wedding stuff. I believe laughing makes you younger AND it is a great ab workout so do it often. Williams Sonoma is offering new Junior chef classes where they teach little ones how to prepare various items (smoothies and juicing was recently at our store), Joann’s offers cake decorating classes…I have been getting photos printed for all the fun stuff we have done so far and we are going to have an afternoon session of putting the scrapbook together to remember our summer. I have spent time pulling out photo albums and showing my little girl what my life was like before she was born as well as pictures of her as a baby. I go to the gym a lot so a few times I have taken my little girl to children’s Zumba classes. maybe you can find some sort of class in your area for you and your little one to learn something new together. Who cares if your hair is a mess (story of my life…seriously) or you look chubby that day or your eyes are closed or whatever else could be the issue. Make sure all the photos you have of your memories are WITH your kiddos and not just of the kiddos.The real key to these activities is to take your time.It is a wonder that my children’s first words weren’t “Hurry up!Not too long ago I spent an afternoon with all my big girl’s dolls and we brushed their hair, organized their clothing and fixed them up (i.e. Get hot chocolate, take your time browsing the shelves, sit in a corner and read a book or two….Coffee dates- Outdoor markets- the flea market, vintage stores, farmer’s market etc… Grab a few little snacks and just enjoy wandering with no specific destination.
Even if you are not a crafty type- you might do some sort of home project or activity.I just registered my girls to go to a fancy cupcake shop and learn to decorate cupcakes.You can also do big batches of cookies or lemonade to pass out to friends and neighbors.We have some cute small towns that are a short drive away and I can easily spend an afternoon window shopping with my big girl.Volunteer your time- this month we are going to pack boxes with supplies for troops overseas.