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Go Out on a Date
Plan regular dates for each child and adult in the family. On a regular schedule, pair up for a special evening out. There’s no end to what you can do. Whether it’s going fishing or dressing up and going out to dinner and a movie, the commitment of scheduling and spending special time together will mean a great deal to both parties. Print off and use the attached invitation to make some special plans, or design your own one-of-a-kind invite.
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Read Bedtime Stories
Bedtime is perfect for one-to-one time. Take turns reading aloud to one another or just let your child listen to your voice. Many experts recommend reading to your child for at least 20 minutes a day, even after kids can read for themselves. Some is better than none, and even if you only have 10 minutes, plenty of terrific children’s literature comes in chapters that you can read in the time that you have.
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Make the Most of Little Opportunities
If one-to-one opportunities are tough to plan, try to enrich everyday moments with more conversation and connection. If you can, pull a child aside to join you on an errand and talk in the car, perhaps stopping for a treat or taking the long way home. Or turn family chores like gardening or folding laundry into little chunks of time where the two of you can talk while you work. Kids often share feelings or concerns during these opportunities.