Since my boys are of the age to “hang out” I have taken up the opportunity to spend time with them separately on a few occasions. I have come to realize how precious and important that time can be.
This weekend I had a “date” with Kristian, my youngest. We started our day out at the mall where I realized that my little man is very opinionated. We were in a women’s clothing store and I was planning on buying some new clothes and I needed to try them on. (I do not buy clothes unless I try them on. My husband hates that!) So there I was trying on the clothes and in the middle of his singing (cause that’s all he ever does), Kristian says, “Mommy, I don’t think that one looks nice.” I was shocked because it really did not look that nice. And so it went for each outfit, until we both came an agreement on one. We then attended a birthday party of one of his classmates. He had a blast! This was the first time I saw him interacting with other children without his Big Brother around. He can definitely hold his own and boy can he carry on a conversation with EVERYONE!
So while Kristian and I were out, Kevin and Kyle spent some time together. Kevin took Kyle to his office to do a little moving and then to the mall to hang out. After their day out I talked with Kevin and his remark was, “Kyle is a big boy!” I said, “What do you mean?” He further explained himself by saying, “He helped me move things, I didn’t have to watch his every move, I didn’t even have to hold his hand in the mall. He a BIG Boy!”
I think getting to spend this one-on-one time with each of our boys gave both Kevin and I an opportunity to learn a lot about our boys as individuals. I would recommend this to any family with children. Once in a while I think the kids like to feel like they are the “only child” and have your undivided attention. And I think the parents benefit just as much or even more from these precious moments.