When you’re a single parent with a full-time job, carving out that one-on-one time with your school-aged kiddo(s) can be a challenge–especially if they’re away at the other parent’s house one night each week and every other weekend.
This simple approach to creating one-on-one time with your child is free and doesn’t require hiring a sitter.
“One Extra Hour” is just what it sounds like. One night each week, your child gets to stay up with Mom or Dad for one extra hour. Their siblings go to bed at the normal hour. It’s that simple.
Look at your weekly schedule
Determine which night(s) of the week would work best for one extra hour of one-on-one time.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights worked best for us.
Ask each of your kiddos to choose a night
It’s best when kidNight falls on the same night each week.
In our home, each kiddo gets to choose the activity three out of the four kidNights each month. The last kidNight of each month is Mom’s Choice.
A simple start is still a start
We don’t need to make salt-dough ornaments from scratch for one-on-one time to be meaningful. Sometimes I ask myself what my mom or grandma would have done, before Instagram and Pinterest.
It isn’t the activity that makes that extra hour meaningful to your kiddo–it’s your undivided attention and spending that hour with you that makes it meaningful.
Our 4 x 6″ customizable photo invite is an easy way to make a big deal of your hour together.
I used PicMonkey to add my son’s photo to this simple invite printable because it’s so easy to use. With PicMonkey, you can also add your child’s name below their photo and your signature at the bottom.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR kidNight INVITE
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- Click on the name of a day of the week above to open the full-size version
- Right-click on the full-size image to SAVE or PRINT the image
Lastly, I feel it’s important to add that kidNight isn’t subject to discipline.
Trust me, we’ve had a few rough days fall on the same day as kidNight–and while it’s been tempting to just do away with kidNight, in doing so what we’re taking away from our kiddo is that one-on-one time with us.
If it’s been a rough day, consider that what you may need the most is that one-on-one time with your kiddo.
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