They say “don’t blink”. I don’t know who “they” are, but I’m starting to understand what they are saying. Each day I blink and then my baby starts kindergarten. Or I blink and my oldest is taller than I am. Next time I blink he might be heading out on his first date. And I’ll be stuck at home longing for the days when he was my special date and we went on adventures together. Since we can’t stop time, we can make the most of the time we have. These Mother and Son Date Ideas are the perfect and easy way for moms to build an unbreakable bond with their son.

 

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One thing that I have noticed in raising my 4 boys is that they crave, CRAVE one-on-one attention.  They want to have time with just mom or dad and not the entire family. A Mother and Son date night doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We have a large family (by today’s standards) and it can be hard to have time for each of my boys individually but these Mother and Son Date Ideas will get your brainstorming process started.

Mom and Son Date Ideas

Do something active and fun!

Miniature golf, water balloon fight, fishing, paint ball, archery, Nerf war,  and bowling all come to mind first, but boys always come up with even more ideas when you ask. Trust me!  My boys love when we have a spontaneous war with water balloons or squirt guns!

Have a date at home.

Pull up Netflix and see what movies are available. Steer clear of the chick flicks for a night and watch some action movies! Play some board games and eat tons of desserts.  These games are so much fun for boys depending on their age and definitely “boy-approved”: Totally Gross: The Game and Chutes and Ladders Super Hero Squad.

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Be adventurous.

Go-karts, sky diving (or not. ), 4-wheeling, ziplining (fun!!), bumper cars, kickboxing, jet skiing, or horseback riding. Boys love adventure!

Take a road trip.

Even if it’s just a day trip, road trips are amazing – and they’re a great way to bond. Pick a spot on the map, and plan your trip together. Grab some of these fun printable road trip games and you are set!

Try geocaching.

Have you tried geocaching yet? If not, they would love it.  It’s pretty much just like taking them on a treasure hunt.  My boys have been wanting to go for a long time so I think as soon as it cools off around here, we’ll be trying this out.  Here is a simple guide to helping you get started: FOUND IT ! Introducing Geocaching To Kids and Families

Volunteer.

Whether it’s at the animal shelter, local church, or even a food bank – volunteering is an amazing bonding activity.  Even just helping out an elderly neighbor or taking cookies to a friend.  All of these things help children to learn the importance of serving others.

Cook something together.

My boys have always loved helping out in the kitchen. It is fun for younger kids, but essential that older boys learn how to cook! Create a menu and cook a meal or a treat together. Serve it to the entire family, or just make it for yourselves. Either way, enjoy it!  My boys LOVE creating fun food in the kitchen and helping me with meals.  Some of my boy’s favorite cook books are The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook, The Magic Kitchen Cookbook and Taste of Home Kid-Approved Cookbook

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Go camping.

There is just nothing like the great outdoors.  If roughing it sounds like a complete nightmare, rent an RV or stay in a cheap hotel. That can be considered “roughing it”, right? 😉  But make sure to spend as much time outside as you can.  And, if you need some activities to do while camping, check out these games: Camping Charades and Nature Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt.  And don’t forget to bring a fishing pole.  My boys love catching something for dinner!

Be lazy.

Yes, I am giving you permission.  Play some video games, watch a movie, or try some boy approved crafts and activities. My boys actually love it when I will sit down and just be lazy with them.   I’m a bit of a stress case most of the time so I pretty much have to force myself to be lazy.  I know, I’m weird. 😉

Teach him how to date.

It might sound silly, but teaching your son how to take a girl out on a real date – how to act, how to pay, proper etiquette, etc – is a valuable learning experience that will stay with him for years to come.  Plus, my boys love to go on “dates” with mom.  I am always amazed at how much my boys will tell me when I get them one-on-one.

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Most importantly, just make the time to spend with each of your boys individually. There is nothing like the love a little boy has for his mom, so make sure you give him the attention he is craving from you.

Then the next time you blink and your son is watching his bride walk down the aisle, you can look back at your little boy and smile at the times you spent on your special date nights together and the loving bond that you share.

What’s your best mother son date idea?

Download this easy reference sheet with date ideas for when you need a quick idea:

If you are raising sons, you should read:

Things Moms of Boys know

16 Things Moms of Boys Know

Bond with your son

10 Ways to Bond With Your Son

Raising Boys

Yes I’m Raising Boys, and No I’m Not Sorry

 

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