For the next 12 weeks, there’s going to be a couple evenings each week that I’ll be parenting solo until late into the evening or supper will be much later then our normal time. Hello chamber orchestra and teaching. It’s part of the deal of having a daddy and husband in school and teaching. It could be a big deal. I could feel sorry for myself.
Or I could use this time to date my daughters.
It’s a new twist on an old concept. Spending intentional quality time with my girls.
It’s not something I’ve done with any schedule or plan before, normally it just ended up as a way to redeem a not so great day. We read books by lamplight on my bed. I cut their nails and let them choose which colors they want me to paint their nails.
It’s special. My 17 month old can’t stop moving, wriggling and giggling in utter delight. My 3 year old snuggles close to me and smiles.
All is well in their little world. All is well in my world. Whatever else happened or didn’t happen that day is forgotten in the snuggles and smiles.
But now every week we’ll be having a girls night in our home. Dinner will be casual, food that my girls enjoy. Food like apple sandwiches and yoghurt with blueberries. We’ll have candles. It’ll look different every week. We may fold laundry to the music of Birdy and then cozy up to watch a music video of her singing. We’ll have popcorn and watch an episode of Madeline on Netflix. The girls may have a long bubble bath with bath paint or crayons. Or we might read a stack of books on my bed by lamplight. I’ll be sharing a list of our favourite read-alouds soon.
I’m excited. I love how these evenings will help me (hopefully) keep on track with being an intentional mother. I know this time will go by SO fast, I want to remember these simple days and fill my girls’ lives with love, truth, and a little sparkle.
Do you date your children? What are some of your favourite things to do together? Favourite foods? I’m going to need some more ideas!