Love and Ice Cream

As the kids get older I think that it is important for them to have one on one time with my husband and I. It’s on my “to do” list to think of fun ideas that will prevent them from feeling like they are lost in the shuffle of our crazy family. I recently stumbled across something on Pinterest and although I didn’t have time to read the full post, one activity stuck in my head.

Last week after we put all of the kids down for bed, my husband Pete and I grabbed our usual glasses/bottle of wine and headed for the TV room to calapse. I turned to Pete and suggested that it may be a “McFlurry” kind of evening. Since I am usually a very healthy eater he was both surprised and excited.

Pete couldn’t get his shoes on fast enough and headed for the McDonald’s drive through before I changed my mind.

Since Chase had taken a nap that day for the first time in months we could hear him tossing and turning in his bed. So I called Pete to tell him to get an extra McFlurry and went into Chase’s room. He was already sitting up in bed when I went in and was a little hesitant as to what was going on when I said “come here.”

I told him that he was going to have special Mommy and Daddy time and the look on his face was as if I had just told him we were going to Disneyland. I let him know that Daddy was getting us a special dessert and would be back any minute. He was beaming from ear to ear and kept hugging me and asking what it was.

All it took was 3 delicious desserts and our undivided attention to make a little boy feel special and loved. For 30 minutes he wasn’t being asked to grab us a diaper, clean his room or to stop hitting his sister. He had just us and it turns out that is just what he was looking for.

The only negative thing is that since then, every night when we put Chase to bed he asks one question, “are you going to come get me out of bed again tonight for dessert after you put Reese and Lane down?”

I would love to hear your stories or suggestion on how you make your kids feel special.


2 Responses to Love and Ice Cream

  1. avatar denise opsahl says:

    I LOVE this idea and I can’t help but smile when I think about the look that must have been on his face. I can’t wait to try this with Addison & Sophie…hopefully I won’t get hooked on McFlurries because then I’ll probably try to do it 4 times a week!!

  2. avatar Pamela says:

    Awesome! I love it Jamie. When I was pregnant with Grace I woke up Dillon at midnight and said tonight may be the last night your the only child. Let’s go to Dunkin Dounuts. He had this shocked look on his face and we went and ate donuts and OJ. It was so fun & memorable the next morning my water broke and I went it to labor. It was our last night before he had to share his Mom…
    Its so important to give our kids one on one time:) keep your stories coming! It makes me feel less crazy!

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