One of the most important aspects of family bonding is one-on-one dates with your kid or kids. We’re lucky to live in an area with so much for families, so dive into the days ahead.
Parenting consultants and therapists agree that one-on-one time with each of your children is extremely important.
“I am a true believer in divide and conquer,” says Lauren Millman, a relationship and family therapist. The basis of human nature is to be connected and validated and acknowledged. I always say that a little bit of one-on-one time is better than a large amount of time with all the children. Inevitably, one kid is going to feel slighted,” she adds.
To be fair, not all parents, especially those with more than two children can do this, due to the busy demands of life and work. Even if you can’t manage a one-on-one outing, aim for at least 15 minutes a day of quality time with your kids.
“It could just be 10 or 15 minutes,” Millman says. “People always say 30 minutes, but that can be tough for many working parents, who have more than one child.” She says even something as easy as reading with your child before bedtime, with no one else in the room, forges a stronger bond.
25 Dates With Kids in Greater Nashville
- Go see the Statue of Athena at the Parthenon
- See the city! Take a walk along the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge and the Cumberland Greenway
- Stargaze in your yard using a chart courtesy of the Adventure Science Center
- Go to “Night Visions” at the Nashville Zoo
- Roller Skate at the Skate Center in Brentwood, Rivergate, Murfreesboro or Smyrna
- Ice Skate at the Ford Ice Center or Centennial Sportsplex
- Rent a pontoon boat on Percy Priest, Old Hickory, Center Hill or Tim’s Ford lakes
- Franklin Parks has Free movies June 22, July 13 & Aug 10 at Pinkerton Park
- Kids 12 & under with an adults can take a chocolate class at the Goo Goo Shop.
- Bring a Blue Monkey Shaved Ice truck to your summer get together
- Take a celebrity selfie at Madame Tussauds
- Go to a summer concert together
- Play in the Children’s Garden at Cheekwood
- Challenge your kid at Top Golf
- Enjoy an ice cream soda at Elliston Place Soda Shop
- Watch a Sounds Game at First Tennessee Park
- Hop on an Old Town Trolley tour in downtown Nashville
- See a puppet show at Nashville’s Main Library
- Smyrna Parks & Rec holds a free Boat Day on June 18 with free canoes and paddleboats
- Make a playdate at an indoor play space
- Get swept away by a Nashville Ballet performance
- Cruise along the Cumberland on the General Jackson Showboat
- Take your teen to see “Hamilton” at TPAC
- Step back in time at a living history event
- Share cookies together at crumbl cookies