One thing Paul and I have been working on lately? Spending more time with our kids. Alone time with our kids.
Working in such a fast-paced industry – blogging about coupons and deals – these past 7 years has had us running 100 mph all day, every day. The coupons and deals NEVER stop. I have always felt so rushed every single day to get as much as possible published here on DDD.
After telling you about how I believe the Coupon Bubble Has Popped, and with less than awesome coupons and deals lately, I’m not focusing so much on work, coupons, work, deals, work, oh another coupon!, work. Instead we are taking our time to post articles that matter for the long haul.
Since we have slightly shifted our focus, guess what?! This means we have MORE time to spend with each other and with our boys instead of being tied to the computer all weekend. 🙂
We have started a new “thing” between us and the boys on the weekends. Paul takes our first child out to lunch – just the two of them – and I take our second child out to lunch – just the two of us. We flip flop every weekend as to which child goes with which parent. The child gets to choose the restaurant.
The only stipulations: you can NOT stay home and you can NOT go to the same place as your brother.
If we’re feeling extra frugal one weekend, we might make sandwiches and have a picnic in the park instead of going out to eat. I let our 7 year old pick the location today and he came back with my favorite: Chipotle. YUM!
I can not believe how much he opened up to me over our lunch date. How important is this?!? We talked about his friends at school, his teachers, about how adults can understand what a baby needs without speaking (of all things) and we theorized about how awesome he will be when he starts machine pitch baseball this spring.
We talked about so many different things that he may never have opened up to me about otherwise. This has been such a wonderful experience that I urge you to start a lunch date routine or some alone time one-on-one with your children if you can.
Look at his happy little face after spending one-on-one time with mom, just over a 30 minute lunch conversation!
We are a fast-paced modern family struggling to keep that communication open between us and our boys. If we don’t talk to them when they’re young, can we really expect them to talk to us when they’re older? This, to me, is so much more important than publishing posts about a coupon that may or may not make us a great deal. My KIDS are a great deal! ♥
I hope you’re loving the changes we are making, I know I am!