This is his last year or preschool because he will turn five in June, and will most likely go to kindergarten in the big school with Scarlet. He may even ride a school bus, which boggles my mind! When Scarlet was his age, I also had a one-year-old, and I remember how much I enjoyed the time I got with just her, which was rare then. We went on mother/daughter dates.
The time I have with Des right now is almost too much – too much good. He’s at this amazing age of independence and cuddliness. The wit factor is high. The sweetness factor is even higher. He is hungry for life – to learn and explore.
He is almost always happy and agreeable. He is up for the smallest adventures – like going to Target – and then the biggest adventures – like getting up at dawn with me to go and find moose. He thinks they’re mythical woodland creatures. So do I.
With time running through my hands, it seems, only a month into the school year, I think so much about Fridays. Those are our free days, in which he’s not yet enrolled in daycare or preschool. I know we are running out of Fridays, so I look forward to them every week, the same way I look forward to weekends with Cassidy and Scarlet – and all the opportunities we have then for one-on-one time in many combinations. Fridays, though? They belong to this handsome guy and me:
Mother/Son Date Ideas:
Lunch. I love to research a local(ish) restaurant we’ve never been to, and go. I will do enough research to know it’s kid-friendly, or that a friend or a friend of a friend liked it, but ultimately there’s a lot of adventure potential.
A nature/photo walk. It can be too much to be toting Des, my camera, and potentially – my dog – but the important thing is that it’s Des and me. When undistracted, we look for birds, leaves, acorns, pinecones. I learned from the kids’ grandparents to make animal sighting lists, which is really fun. It was epic to do that in Alaska with Cassidy, but I find that it can be just as exciting with Des in our own backyard. You never do know what you’re going to find. We love the mystery and discovery.
Visit a museum, zoo, aquarium, or fire station. Des really loves to go to the arcade with me.
And lastly, a picnic! I know you know how to make picnics, so I’ll just show you his cute reaction:
Honestly, there are dozens of wonderful ways to have mother/son dates. You can build. You can bake. You can get messy by jumping in mud puddles. You can create arts and crafts. You can make and share a snack. You can play catch for an hour. There are so many ways to have smile-worthy moments with your kids, and I think just being there and creating an adventure together is exactly why I became a parent. I don’t take that for granted. I won’t take that for granted.
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