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    Hi there, just wondered what you do to have one on one time with your children? And how often it happens.


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    Dd3 gets my full attention 9-2 while others are at school dd1 & dd2 don't get much time one on one with me but that's because they have common interest and want to do everything together they are only 22 months apart so once a week we leave dd3 with dp and do things all 3 of us (normally mc Donald's or hjs for lunch & play then to shops for a little shopping
    Dss not much time maybe when dd1 & dd2 are at my mums or sisters we take him out or watch a movie ect but dd3 is with us (only 10 months) but he is 16 so he prefers doing his own thing most of the time

    I was just thinking about this today I what I could do and things I could change to get a little more time with the older girls & dss

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    We have dates. It doesn't happen often (a few times a year at the moment), but it will be more regular when I finish studying and life slows down a bit. A date can be for a couple of hours, or for a whole day...the kids don't care, but they do love their one on one time (although they don't mind sharing either).

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    When DH isn't away I make a purpose of getting one on one time with each of my 4 girls every week. We don't have to do much but just having the time to chat and spend time with them on their own is great and you can tell they love it. I'll take DD1 for a run at night then a stop off at the park, or I'll take one of the others to come with me to do the groceries and grab a hot chocolate or lunch. DD4 has me to herself every Thursday because the other 3 are at school & preschool so that's her mummy day.

    Before I had DD4 I used to send the girls to daycare alternate days so I did get the 1 day with each of them. Worked good for us but once number 4 came along it was too hard to juggle.

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    We have mummy/daddy dates, 1 a month. Everyday I take out 10 to 30 mins per child depending on the day and child. Ds3 gets every school day with just me. Ds1 gets a lot too as he is my main/best helper so often gets to do something just with me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by anewme View Post
    We have mummy/daddy dates, 1 a month. Everyday I take out 10 to 30 mins per child depending on the day and child. Ds3 gets every school day with just me. Ds1 gets a lot too as he is my main/best helper so often gets to do something just with me.


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    How do you manage to have that alone time?! I feel like they will all just come into where I am, or at least in pairs and then start talking over each other! Maybe when I'm not so exhausted it will seem more achievable. I'm sooo tired this pregnancy :-( just struggling to keep everyone happy


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    No, not often. But often I have me and two time and DH takes the other two - so they get a bit more attention and it isn't as full on as if they are all there.

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    Hmmm my bookends get one on one but my middle two don't so much. I mean they do get time with just me, but it's not a long time and not an organised doing thing as such.
    Dd4 is a baby still, so dd3 does get alot of time with me but Bub is always there. I really need to spend more time with dd2. She's an awesome kid, but my most difficult one.

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