This past week was an odd week in our house, as my ten year old son had his school camp for two nights and then a sleepover party at a friend’s house, so it was just me and my almost eight year old for three nights. And for me, work wasn’t so busy, so I had time to have one-on-one time with my little one.
We went out for pizza one night, watched a DVD the next night with chicken schnitzel followed by a story in my bed and a special sleep the night in Mum’s bed, and last night, when his brother went to his sleepover party we indulged in fish ‘n’ chips, a slice of cake from the French patisserie and a double of DVDs under a blanket.
It was nice to get extra special cuddles, a house that was noticeably quieter without the regular fighting and things just seem to get done, as my little one actually was happy to help get ready for school and eat his dinner, which usually doesn’t happen when his brother is around. I changed my priorities of spending time doing rewrites on my manuscript to spend it with my little boy. The pressure was off, because I allowed it to be off.
So, for all those single mums who just don’t give their kids special one-on-one time on a regular basis, like I’m guilty of doing, stop, take a breath and just do it, make it memorable in a sweet way rather than an extravagant way, and you’ll be more than rewarded.