All posts tagged: New Year’s resolution

One-on-One Time with the Kids: A Date With My Son

1 on 1 time with each kid.  New Year’s resolution.  Somehow it happens more naturally with my daughter, 10.  We just find ourselves together.  My son and I used to find ourselves together.  Building Lego houses.  Making caterpillar homes.  Shooting hoops.  Now four inches shorter than he, I’m barely lucky to block his shot, with no hope of ever scooting past him with a soccer ball or football.  My only hope is to win the tiebreaker in ping-pong. He’s 13, and 1:1 time is just different now. How about breakfast out?  A date with my son.  Just the mention of Belgian waffles and bacon gets him to look up.  That’s it.  Our first official New Year’s Resolution Date. Uh-oh.  What do we talk about?  I mean, we spend time doing things together.  Um, as a family.  But this new 1:1 time . . . with my teenage son . . . at breakfast . . . is a little new. With my quiet and independent guy (“thanks, Mom, but I’ve really got it all covered,”), …

A Date With My Son

1:1 time with each kid.  New Year’s resolution.  Somehow it happens more naturally with my daughter, 10.  We just find ourselves together.  My son and I used to find ourselves together.  Building Lego houses.  Making caterpillar homes.  Shooting hoops.  Now at 4 inches shorter than he, I’m barely lucky to block his shot, with no hope ever to scoot past him with a soccer or football.  My only hope is to win the tiebreaker in ping-pong. He’s 13, and 1:1 time is just different now. How about breakfast out?  A date with my son.  He just adores a good plate of Belgian waffles and bacon.  That’s it.  Our first official New Year’s Resolution Date. Uh-oh.  What do we talk about?  I mean, we spend time doing things together.  We’re together as a family.  But this new 1:1 time . . . with my teenage son . . . at breakfast . . . is a little new. With my quiet and independent guy (“thanks, Mom, but I’ve really got it all covered,”), most questions about …

Forced Family Fun Time, 2014

So about 8% of people hold to their New Year’s resolutions.  Whether you do or don’t, it’s an enjoyable New Year’s ritual. * Call Grandma more. * Spend more one-on-one time with each kid. AND THE GRAND DADDY OF THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, * Forced Family Fun Time.  Once a week. I loved and borrowed the concept of Forced Family Fun Time from an educator at one of my favorite organizations, Parent Education Program. I’ll be the first to say that when the kids were little, it was easy to have those family movie and game nights.  We all enthusiastically gathered for the G movie or a round of Catch Phrase.  Now, not so much.  With a 13-year old son and a 10-year old daughter, it takes forever to find an “enjoyable” and “appropriate” movie for all.  Battling with the sports schedules and the electronic devices cuts into the round-the-table game time.  It’s gotten harder.  But now, along with 2014, comes Forced Family Fun Time.  We call it FFFT. Here was our first try at …