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Jack's Night Out: Big Hero 6

So we're trying this thing where each of our boys gets a Friday Treat-Night out with either Mum or Dad each month. The idea is to create some proper one-on-one quality time for our kids coz, you know, it's not easy being part of a family of 6 and getting real quality time with someone else in that family... I've tied myself if knots and felt like the worst mum in the world trying (and failing) to give them all an hour specifically to each child every day - all but impossible on a school day and worse if I'm working too. It was clearly the wrong approach!

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Now we do this: Jack get's the 1st Friday of the month, Tom has the 2nd, George the 3rd, and when he's old enough Freddie will get the 4th. Occasionally there is a 5th Friday - but unless someone is willing to baby sit the four of them so me and the Hubs can have a night out (unlikely!!!) that will be a week off! If the Friday clashes with something else - like a birthday - it will be swapped for another day that week.

Jack chose to have his first Treat Night with me (Love him!) and to go to the cinema. He had a look at what was on and chose Big Hero 6. We went straight from school, walked there chatting together and messing about on the cycle track, and ordered a hotdog each to eat while we watched. We snuck in our own drinks and popcorn too! WHAT AN AWESOME MOVIE! We laughed, we cried, we hugged each other during the sad bits, we loved every moment... and then we walked home again, chattering away about what a BRILLIANT movie it is.

Waiting for the movie to start - with a big fat hotdog!
It was lovely. Jack had a great time. I had a great time. And we have (hopefully) made a great memory he can keep with him for ever. So much better than a forced daily hour when he'd rather play on his Kindle, or a promised hour that never happens because the baby is poorly or someone has a tantrum, or where I have to repeatedly turn my other kids away in order to get one-on-one time with one of them... I should have started doing this years ago!

Next week.... Tom is going to Pizza Hut with Daddy for a pizzary feast!

(I think we're going to have to find cheaper trips out to chuck into the mix!)



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