The start of the school year has reminded me of an important element in my relationship with each of the boys - that is the value of one-on-one time. We enjoyed a fabulous summer and the boys bonded in incredible ways, but the return to preschool for Big A has provided some alone time for me and Little A. Since turning two the end of August Little A has taken off in many areas and the reintroduction to our one-on-one time has afforded me the opportunity to really focus on many of the activities I remember enjoying so much during my alone time with Big A.
A year ago Little A was still on a two nap schedule, which meant that I had more time to catch up on work and house projects while Big A was in his morning school program. The shift this year comes with Little A now on a one nap schedule and a newly created place for a balance of structured an unstructured play opportunities. So far we have formed a healthy routine of home-based and group activities.
Our activities throughout the week include:
There are plenty of times where we are less structured and fill our time with the following:
Spending time with each child alone is an important part of establishing individual relationships along the way. Many parents refer to "special time" as the occasion to do something out of the ordinary and possibly spontaneous. Creating one-on-one time should be both regular and special, but it does not need to always be both at the same time. The important element is that you are fully present. In today's busy world it is easy to step away from work, smartphones, and obligations. Finding the right space to focus solely on each of your children requires effort and, in most cases, planning. I can honestly say that each week I walk away from each of my one-on-one activities energized and wanting to hold on with both hands to the memories we are making.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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