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The first month of my parenting challenge for 2017 is dedicated to building a better connection between me and my little boy, so I gathered a lot of ideas about how to do this and one of my favorites is the mom-son dates. I discovered a lot of lists with ideas, but most of them were for older children, so I made my own list of ideas which are suitable for small kids. I share with you my list of mom-toddler date ideas and I hope you find here the inspiration you need for planning a lot of nice dates with your kids. 🙂
The main idea of a date is to spend a special time with the child and to make something that he really likes. The only rule the parent needs to follow is to focus 100% on the child, without any distractions (so no notifications on the cell, no important calls, just time spent with the child). The dates don’t need to be something extraordinary because children only need our attention and the quality time with us will be certainly appreciated, even if we do some ordinary things like going together to the grocery shop. It is not about the place you go, it’s all about the connection you build.
To make the dates even more special for Bogdan I plan to prepare an invitation and give it to him, I’m sure he will really enjoy it and will look forward to having our date.
If you like the idea and plan to have your own mom-toddler date, here is my list of date ideas, I hope you will find some inspiration.
♥ Make a dance party at home (choose a nice playlist with the songs he likes and dance together)
♥ Go to the library and enjoy the children’s book collection
♥ Go out for an ice cream in a nice place
♥ Go on a day trip together and explore some nice places close to your home
♥ Cook a nice meal together (or bake some cookies)
♥ Go out to a restaurant and eating his favorite meal
♥ Go to the zoo or to the aquarium
♥ Go to a farm and spend some time in nature and playing with the animals
♥ Make a shopping list together with some things that he likes and go to the grocery shop to buy them
♥ Go to a children museum
♥ Make a craft together (you can also make some handmade presents for dad and grandparents)
♥ Have a picnic (if the weather is cold, you can have the picnic at home, on the floor of your living room)
♥ Attend a play (if the child is old enough to have patience during the play)
♥ Go on a nature scavenger hunt
♥ Go stargazing
♥ Go to the bookstore and buy some nice children books
♥ Cuddle up in bed and read all his favorite stories
♥ Have a Pajama party at home, with dance, pillow fights, and popcorn
♥ Go on a coffee day to a nice coffee shop (you can enjoy a tasty coffee, the child can enjoy a glass of milk and a muffin)
♥ Create a photo booth at home and make a lot of funny photos together (then you can print some of them and hang them in the house)
♥ Make a fort together and spend some time in the fort reading books or playing games
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At the end I share with you our templates for the mom-toddler dates, I hope you will enjoy them and use them with your kids.
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If you have any other great mom-toddler date ideas, please share them in the comments. I would be glad to find them out! 🙂