Special Night not only makes them feel special, valued and wanted, but also heard and understood as their fears and problems can be discussed on these nights.
If you would like to bring Special Nights into your family, you will need to keep up the routine as children need this routine to feel secure. Of course, if something urgent comes up, then the plans can be rearranged. You will come to love and value the quality time you have with your child. It will also be a great way to relax and de-stress for you.
Set aside one night when each child has all attention from one parent. If it is not realistic to have a complete night for each child, maybe a timetable could be set where children can have an hour each doing what they wish. Ask each child what they would like to do.
Here are some ideas.
Craft and art project
Cook their favourite meal
Play their favourite game
Play in the garden before it gets dark
Girls will love a girlie night, complete with face packs, manicure sets and hair curlers
Treat girls to 'grown up' bath products
Make a meal together
Watch a movie together
Play a sport or go for a run