The value of one-on-one time with the kids
This past weekend my husband and daughter went on a Girl Scouts Father-Daughter camp-out. It was a bit unusual for our family to split up like that, but it turned out to be a pleasant treat as I spent time with the two boys and my husband and daughter had their fun time together.
In our family, our youngest is the peace-maker while the older two compete and bicker and generally annoy each other when they are not playing nicely (which they do sometimes). We have noticed in the past that if we remove one of the older children (either one - it doesn't matter), then there is substantially more peace and harmony in our little world.
So this weekend I was able to enjoy my boys more personally, without nearly as many discipline issues as usual. I feel like we came together more as a team. And my husband and daughter made some special memories of their own without sibling interference. While it was strange not to have the whole family together, it was in fact a refreshing change.
I highly recommend setting aside some time to spend individually with your kids if possible. I know it can be difficult to arrange as life just gets so busy. But it is truly worth the time investment. I hope to make it a priority for our family. Now let's see about some good mother-daughter time...