Small Acts: Monthly Birthdays

Randi from Swoon is with us today to continue in the spirit of sharing small acts of love with our children this Valentine’s season and throughout the year. I love her idea of carving out special one-on-one time with each of our children…

In this busy, multitasking, multimedia world, chances are you don’t feel like you’re getting enough one on one time with your child. Whether you have one child or ten, it’s hard to give them the individual attention they need every day of the year. With the addition of a second child to our family, and then a third, daily life can be chaotic. Our schedule is no longer based on the needs of only one child, but is more focused on shared activities and the family as a whole.  I’ve noticed a longing to get to know each my children in a  more meaningful way, outside of our normal routine.


This year we’ve decided to start the tradition of “monthly birthdays,” in which we take our two oldest children out, one by one, on the day they were born each month (or the nearest convenient time).  As opposed to their actual Birthday, there are no presents or parties involved, just quality time and uninterrupted focus from one or both parents.

We’ve only just begun, but it’s fun to think of activities to do with each child. It could be something as simple as sharing a treat or taking a special trip to the park (unlimited pushes on the swing!). I can already tell this is going to become a cherished tradition in our home, in this season and beyond.

If your child could have all of your attention for an outing each month, what would they choose?