Recently, I had some bittersweet one-on-one time with my 7-year-old, Q. It’s so rare for us to go out alone together for some fun. We usually have my husband or our 3-year-old daughter with us. The four of us practically do everything together. I was excited to spend time with Q, but also felt guilty for leaving the little one at home.
The plan was to go to Downtown Disney to have dinner with friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. I decided not to take the little one because there would be no way for me to catch up with my friends if I was chasing her around the restaurant. My husband was unable to go due to work. So it was just me and Q. We decided to go to Disneyland before dinner, and Q was excited that we were going solo.
It felt so weird not having a stroller with me and I packed light as well! We were able to take the escalators, instead of the elevators at the Pixar parking lot, which was so strange to me. We also didn’t have to worry where to sit on the tram since we were stroller-less.
When we got to the park, it literally was the holiday season at Disneyland! We were just there a few days before and suddenly there was the Christmas tree! The first thing she wanted to do was ride the Millenium Falcon (for the upteempth time… I seriously don’t know how many times she’s ridden it). I thought she would have wanted to ride more rides than we did. But we just ended up hanging out in front of the holiday-lit Sleeping Beauty Castle while drinking blue milk and eating popcorn.
After our time together, I didn’t feel as guilty leaving the little one home. She has her own time with mama while big sis is at school, and I’m on vacation during winter and summer months. I enjoyed my short but sweet time alone with my Q.
How often do you spend one-on-one time with your kids, and what do you usually do?