Sometimes the simple things are the things that give us the most joy. Today was a great example of this; a special day for Cody and I. We were able to head out, just the two of us, for some much-needed one on one time. Cody came up to me a week ago asking for some money, so he could buy our family Christmas presents. He really felt bad that he didn’t have anything to give everyone. We talked about how hard money is to earn, and that if he really wanted to buy presents for everyone, he would have to earn the money, just like Dad does. He was all for it, just hesitant about how much he was going to have to work.
We talked about what jobs he could do around the house, and what would be a fair amount of money to pay him. Cody worked harder than I have seen him work in a long time. The first job he did was to clean up our front porch. It had been over-run with leaves, from this fall, and outdoor toys. He also went around the yard picking up any leftover toys from this summer/fall and put them all away. In the end, he had earned ten dollars.
When the day came for us to head out shopping, I surprised Cody by telling him that it was just going to be the two of us. His face lite up like a Christmas tree and he gave me a huge hug. It takes us about an hour to get to most of our “local” shops, so all the way there we were able to talk and plan out our special day. He really ate up all that undivided attention.
Cody worked hard for his money, and even though he didn’t have much, we were able to make it last by being careful where we shopped. Our first stop was to a local thrift store where we always seem to find lots of great items. Cody scoured the store for just the perfect gifts. When he figured he had picked out all there was, we headed over to the line to pay. He was really concerned about making sure I didn’t see what he had bought as my Christmas gift, so I stood by the carts, as he paid all by himself. When he was done, he made sure to ask the cashier to double bag his treasures so that his family couldn’t peek to see what they would be getting. So cute. Our second stop was to our local dollar store where he was able to finish up his shopping.
A day of shopping just wouldn’t be complete without a stop for food. This time it was his pick. Out of all the places, he choose a fast food place. I’m sure you could figure it out, you know, one that gives out toys just for eating there. Anyways, we had some great conversation while we ate. When we left the restaurant, he told me he was so happy to have the day with just me and that he had a great time eating there. So sweet! Even with how cold it was outside today, he just melted my heart.
We really didn’t do anything special above what we normally do when we go shopping all day. The only difference was this time, it was just the two of us. I still have two more kids to plan special days with, so getting some new ideas would be really helpful. What are some ways you are able to give your kids one on one time? Comment below and let me know.