Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Date with Finn...

Yesterday I had a date with a boy..... he's about 4 feet tall, brown hair, and has the cutest dimples you Although we try to spend as much time as a family as we can, it is hard to balance attention between a preschooler and a one and a half year old. I try to take the kids on lots of outings (trips to the park, science museum, etc), but spend a lot of the time there chasing Phoebe while Finn has to entertain himself. Phoebe is at that stage where she is quite reckless but also just so cute and funny that she often gets a lot of attention despite whether she is acting crazy or not.
So recently, my husband and I decided that we needed to try and spend some time one-on-one with the kids. Give Finn a chance to do his thing without worrying about what Phoebe is doing, and to have some time where he is, once again, the center of our attention.
So yesterday, I took Finn on a date. We headed out for a quick lunch and then went to a paint-your-own pottery place where he chose a dinosaur and a hedgehog for us to paint as a team. Then, despite the pouring rain, we went out for ice cream (what date would be complete without ice cream!?!) and finished up by heading to our favorite yarn store so he could pick out yarn for the mittens I will knit him this winter.
We had a great time and I could tell Finn was happy to have a few hours that were just for him. I hope to make this a regular thing.

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  1. I'm sure he loved his solo time with Mama. :) Love the dinosaur!

  2. Such a great idea - I have been thinking for a long time how the husband and I really need to make an effort to spend one-on-one time with the kids. (Dmitri is really into dinosaurs right now...those photos made me smile!)

  3. So nice it was just the two of you and I bet he will remember it always. One luncheon with my daughter ended up with a puppy adoption! Let's just say she was VERY convincing.

  4. What a lovely date with your little man. I am sure he really enjoyed it.

  5. What fun! I used to have dates with my kids when they were small -- mostly to get donuts or ice cream. I still take my 16-year-old son out for lunch or something not to embarassing for him whenever he will let me. It is so important to spend time building those relationships with our children. I love this post!

  6. Fantastic! I try and do this with my boys as well, although, now with three it gets more and more complicated :) It is so important though and fun!