"Dates" with individual children

For quite a few years now, I've tried to schedule one on one time with each of my three children. We called it mother-son/daughter activities. But these didn't happen as often as I'd like b/c I usually did something reasonably time-consuming (a few hours at least), so it was hard to find that time on a regular basis. Starting this month, my husband and I are trying a new 6 week rotation with dates for each child. So, week #1 was last week, and my husband took our daughter for ice cream and a walk in the park. This week, I am taking our youngest boy for a breakfast date at a restaurant tomorrow morning before school (pancakes!!). Next week, my husband is taking J, our oldest, somewhere...and so on...Our kids are SO EXCITED about this idea, it gives them something regularly scheduled to which to look forward, and we can still do the bigger mother/father-child activities on special occasions (such as bdays). Do you do something similar? Would you consider doing this?

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4Rina
    05/29/14
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    05/29/14
    4Rina
    That's what I mean, Sara. When it's something that takes a few hours, driving to and from a movie, watching the movie, etc. It can be hard to do. But if you limit it to an hour, you can make it regular and still do the "bigger" things less frequently.
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      05/29/14
      Beth
      Our kids are still pretty young, so they don't really appreciate the idea yet, but we do this as well! We aren't on a formal schedule yet, but we make a point of doing things individually with each of the kids. I think it's important and reminds the kids how special each of them are!
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      05/29/14
      4Rina
      Beth - we used to do things quite informally before as well. But over the past year (my kids are now almost 10, 7.5 and almost 5), they have become more cognizant of schedules and like having this to look forward to...
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      05/29/14
      4Rina
      I think if you make it something you'd do anyway, like eating a meal, the time commitment isn't as significant.
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        05/30/14
        amanda
        That's awesome. I wish I could do that more. Here and there I get to do things like that. Usually on the weekends my parents like to take the girls so I get one on one time with my son. Sometimes someone will watch the other 2 and my mom and I take my oldest out for the day. And sometimes someone might take my oldest for the day so when my son is napping I get one on one time with my younger daughter. Just doesn't happen as often as I would like.
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