Dates with the Kids: A Christmas Gift

Dates with the Kids Coupons

Having 4 children we can sometimes struggle to spend indiviual time with the children. I mean, the youngest 2 get a lot of the attention and in turn we are finding that the older 2 are misbehaving slightly more than usual to gain our attention too. This then causes myself and P to become upset and angry by their behaviour.

One to One time for each child with a parent is difficult and we find that P tends to spend more time with the older ones whilst I take care of the younger ones.

So, with a little help of my good friend Pinterest full of its amazing ideas, we’ve decided to give the children ‘Date Coupons’ to allow each child spend quality 1-2-1 time with a parent. Throughout the year they will go on one ‘date’ per month alternating between P and myself.

Dates with the Kids Making the ‘Date Coupons’ are really simple. I was inspired by these {here} which are from Let’s Explore, which I found on Pinterest. You can download a copy of the coupons on the website, or make your own like I did.

With mine, I thought I’d just make them look different. In a Word Document I inserted different shapes, inserted a text box in to the shape and wrote in the ‘Date’ info and a little picture from ClipArt. I printed them off and decided to add a little colour with some colouring pencils in the space between the shape and text box.

Dates with the Kids I have some little cards, so I thought I’d wrap them up in cute wrapping paper. I then cut out the shape of the coupons created on the computer. I stuck them on to the wrapped card and then laminated.

 

 

 

Dates with the Kids I fitted my coupons in to the pouch leaving a gap between the coupons and cut around. This ensured that I didn’t get any creases or bubbles and ruin my hard work and that each coupon was properly sealed. I just cut off any excess, making sure I didn’t cut too close that it opened up the sealed pouch.

 

Dates with the Kids And voila, ‘Date Coupons’.

Each child has 6 ‘Dates with Dad’ and 6 ‘Dates with Mum’ that have been put in to a sealed envelope with the month on. We have made sure they alternate. For example; January – K has a ‘Date with Dad’ whilst J has a ‘Date with Mum’ and then February it switches so K has a ‘Date with Mum’ and J a ‘Date with Dad’ and so on.

I plan to let the children open each date on the 1st of the month. We can then check out diaries and see when the dates can happen. Hopefully it’ll give them something each month to look forward to.

*Our ‘Date Coupons’ are as follows:

‘Date with Mum’
Go shopping for a new outfit
Choose a craft for us to do together
Go out to dinner at a restaurant of your choice
Go to the bookstore for a new book and a treat
Shop for and cook a recipe of your choice
Your Choice!

‘Date with Dad’
Go out to breakfast at a restaurant of your choice
Have a movie night together – at home or at the cinema
Go for a walk or to the park
Go bowling or swimming
Play a board game or build Lego
Your Choice

Obviously your ‘Date Coupons’ should be about what your children enjoy doing and what they would enjoy doing with each parent.

Rach is an inked, travel loving, gym going wife and mother who has a slight addiction to stationery.
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3 Comments

  1. November 16, 2012 / 7:54 am

    Love them Rachel, what a great idea. I look forward to hearing how your dates go each month 🙂

    • Confessions of a SAHM
      November 19, 2012 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you!

  2. October 7, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    What a great idea, love it and I am sure they are loved too! x

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