One of my favorite things to do to foster connection when I have a new baby is to take my bigger kids on regular one-on-one dates or plan special activities just for them.
This post is sponsored by Chuck E. Cheese's.
Have you ever taken your kids on a one-on-one date?
I'm not just talking about your regular run errands together one on one time, but rather setting aside a time that is just for the two of you and working together to come up with a plan. Once we're on our one on one dates we try and put technology away and focus on each other!
Giving kids one-on-one attention daily through simple cuddle sessions or one-on-one activities together inside or outside of the house fills up their attention bucket and helps them feel a bit more secure... especially when things are a little crazy at home. By having kids help decide what you are going to do together, you give them a dose of power... which helps them feel like they have a bit more control of their lives. By giving my kids a little bit more attention and power, the power struggles seem to happen less often and our relationships get stronger, even during periods of transition... like with a new baby.
Some of our favorite one-on-one dates have included...
- trips to the ice cream parlor
- hiking a favorite trail
- trip to the park to play bocce ball
- a bike ride or a short jog together
- playing a board game
- going to get hot cocoa and coffee cake
- trip to get a popsicle or slurpee
- special one-on-one trip to Chuck E. Cheese's
- lunch date to our favorite burger place
- going to a movie
I like to vary our dates so that sometimes we do free activities and sometimes we spend some money.
This month our date was to Chuck E Cheese's! We wanted to play some games and enjoy lunch together. Chuck E. Cheese's was the perfect spot. Chuck E Cheese's has a yummy lunch buffet with a new adult-friendly menu, so we had a lot of fun!
We have only ever been to Chuck E. Cheese's for weekend birthday parties so had no idea how much fun we could have there midweek during the daytime! The lunch buffet is Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm so we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for several hours until we had to pick my daughter up at school!!
The lunch buffet includes pizza, salad, and dessert and only costs $5.99 per adult & $3.99 per child. My son and I both loved trying a variety of pizzas and we even invited some friends to come join us for part of the time to make it extra fun!
Dessert pizza- delish!
With all the fun games around I was surprised that my son actually sat down for lunch, but he declared the pizza "really yummy" and had more than one slice! Those are high compliments from this picky eater who rarely wants to eat anything... even pizza!
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Thanks Chuck E. Cheese's for sponsoring our one-on-one date this month and helping us enjoy so much fun together as we adjust to our new little one! All opinions in this post are mine.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese's. The opinions and text are all mine.