Crevette and I spent the day in London, just me and him, for the first time in ages. In fact, as we were chatting about it on the train, we could not even remember when we had last spent a day together. That bad…
It is really important for me to find time for one-to-one moments with each of my children, and I was doing a wonderful job at it (if I might say so myself) when I had two children. I would take them to their swimming lessons on their own once a week, and on alternate Sundays, I would take one of them to Central London for a bit of fun and quality time together.
With more children and less money coming in, it is getting more difficult to organise it all if I have to be honest. It does not mean I would have it any other way. Absolutely not. I am incredibly lucky to have four children. I love the hustle and bustle, the busy household, the fun, the laughter, the fights…
I do lots of things with the kids, and not always with all of them there, but generally, they end up being paired up. A day in the park, meeting with friends or party generally involves everyone, so does a bike ride – scooter and pram for the youngest two, walking briskly for me! A theatre trip tends to be for the oldest two, playgroups are for the youngest two. I still take all four children swimming every Sunday, and that means spending time in the pool with each one of my girls (Crevette swims on his own).
Today was a really special day. Crevette and I drove away from home together, had a quick chat in the car, parked at the station and took the train to London. We walked, talked a lot and generally enjoyed each other’s company. We were pretty cheerful all day.
There was a lot of food involved, loads of cuddles and laughter. We started with a chocolate decorating workshop in Hotel Chocolat, followed by a browse in the shops, a Happy Meal, a wander in Trafalgar Square and a walk to Hamleys. Crevette was in heaven there and he spent ages trying all sorts of weird and wonderful toys, playing with Playmobil, trying on virtual reality goggles and playing video games.
It really felt special to have time to really listen to each other, talk about things we would not normally chat about, do what Crevette wanted to do. My little man even declared: “It’s one of the best days of my life, Maman!”
Next mission: go out for a meal with Hubby. That is definitely a long overdue one!
Do you think it is important to make time for each of your children on a regular basis? How do you do it? I need tips!
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