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with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

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The Benefits Of A ‘Fun Day’ With Your Kids

Categories: children, school

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Every once in awhile, I will conspire with one of my kids and make a secret plan. They will head off to school in the morning like they do every Monday through Friday. After the school bell rings and they are in their classrooms, I will go into the classroom of the kid I made plans with and sneak him (or her) away. I always give the teacher a heads up, so their day isn’t thrown off.

Why do I sneak them away like that? Well, it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission. If everyone knew about the special one-on-one time in advance, there would be much angst. When we tell them what we did after the fact, there is much less drama. The other two know it will be their turn soon and so there you go.

Why do I break them out of school? They’re young enough that they won’t miss anything important, and their siblings are busy enjoying the school day. It’s just me, and them, and that alone time is important.

Much of the day will involve errands, and some shopping, and always the lunch of their choice. Well, within reason. If we’re going to lunch together, I don’t want fast food. We’ll pick a restaurant that has a decent kids’ menu to complement the adult fare.

The day gives us time to talk about anything and everything. There are no interruptions, and they can bring up anything that they might not want their siblings to hear. We talk a lot, we laugh a lot, and we car dance to Top 40 music. I love those days so much, and so do my kids.

Do you ever plan a fun day with your kids? Do you bust them out of school or do you plan it for another time?

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