- Create a special treasure box for yourself where you keep items your child gives you.
- Make a weekly appointment with your child. Let your child pick the activity – within appropriate limits. Younger children will do better choosing from several possibilities offered by you and you won’t risk spoiling the fun by having to reject their suggestions.
- Have dinner by candlelight. Let the children choose a favorite meal for the evening. Have a special dessert with it.
- Sometimes go out with just one of the children, if possible, for a special meal outing, for some personal time together.
- Take time to rock an older child, at bedtime, just for time to talk together. (If your child feels too old for this, you’ll hear about it!)
- Plan a cold weather camp-in! Bring out the sleeping bags and set up your campsite in the living room. Use flashlights, tell stories, eat popcorn, and, if you have a fireplace, roast hot dogs or marshmallows. Make a fun drink – hot milk with honey, carob milk, or herbal tea!
- Create a real treasure hunt with real buried treasure! Bury a box filled with old costume jewelry or other surprises in the garden. Write and hide clues leading ultimately to a treasure map with the appropriate X noted. Mark the spot with an X so they dig in the right place.
- Garnish your child’s milk or juice glass with a slice of banana or orange, a piece of pineapple, a few frozen seedless grapes or a maraschino cherry.
- When you are away from each other, agree to a particular time when you’ll send each other “love and prayer vibes”.
- Write a note to your child and leave it where he will see it first thing in the morning.