As our oldest starts elementary school and our girls grow up, I’m finding myself slowly taking advantage of these new configurations. Reading to our son while he eats breakfast before school. Chatting with our daughter while her little sister cat naps in the car. Taking our girls to classes while brother is in kindergarten. Shopping with baby when both her siblings are at school.
I rarely plan one-on-one or one-on-two time with our kids. I like for it to unfold organically. However, for my birthday this year, I asked my husband for one-on-one time with our two oldest children. I didn’t know how much one-on-one time we would be getting with our new school schedule and I wanted to spend time completely focused on one child (I needed a mental break from constantly dividing my attention between our three kids). I spent 30 minutes each with our oldest two kids. I didn’t make elaborate plans- we spent the time simply talking and playing together. While this is something I’m not planning to repeat soon, it was a wonderful, simple and very memorable birthday treat. Maybe it’ll turn into a yearly birthday tradition.