Each week I like to share one TIP to help incorporate quality time into your family relationships.
We all have a sweet tooth in this house, so it’s no surprise we make DESSERT a quality time moment.
My boys love going out for dessert. My boys love dessert period!
When we go out we have an opportunity to sit down, enjoy chocolate baked goodness, split chocolate milk, and most importantly chat.
We don’t have to spend a lot of money at a fancy French Patisserie – Panera, Friendly’s, and Twistie Treat offer chairs and sweets.
When you say ‘date night’ you can be sure my boys will hop out of dirty shorts and put on a nice shirt for me.
They have picked up on Hubs’ great example of getting cleaned up for the pretty girl in the house. And they are so proud to do it.
QTM Tip: Dessert
If money is an issue, split a sweet confecction. Or make it at home, but be sure to eat it together in private. You want to create a special moment and a safe place to talk openly. Create your own pretty table.
If you’re going out and worry the conversation could use some … help – bring a deck of cards. My oldest and I have played countless games of Gin at Panera enjoying one giant cookie. After a few rounds he opens up.
Maybe your child has nothing to offer – don’t force conversation. Just be available. This consistency will build trust!
Quality Time Matters! This is not the time to check emails. A friend met us out for dessert and I was shocked to learn she had turned her phone completely off. What an honor to be treated with such high regard.
Enjoy your children’s company this week and head out for a special treat. You do not have to go out each week, but at least once a month. If you feel awkward taking up table space at a restaurant, don’t! We always tell the hostess, “we’re just here for dessert” and we’ve never been turned away!