A Weekly Date Time

65 Things You Can Do on a Date

I am the proud father of four beautiful children. I am in the beginning stages of parenting and praying that God will give wisdom as my wife and I seek to rear our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We truly desire to build a household of faith!

When my wife and I first began having children, one of my mentors in the area of family challenged me to have time with each of my children alone each week. These moments have become some of the most anticipated moments of my week. For years now, I have dated each of my girls every week. God has blessed my wife and me with three girls and one boy. As I take my girls out, I was taught that the two most important things I can accomplish are to convince them that I love them and that they are special to me. I don’t remember a date where I have not emphasized those two things. My son must be convinced I love him, and there is nothing he could do to make me stop loving him.

Over the years, I have compiled a list of ideas for weekly dates that I have heard of or read. I have revisited this list many times and wanted to share it with you in the hope that it would encourage you and that you can make this a weekly part of your life.

  1. Ice cream
  2. Root beer float
  3. Doughnut shop
  4. Play catch for 25 minutes
  5. Shoot baskets for 25 minutes
  6. Play a video game for 25 minutes
  7. Build something together (me-box, shield, ship, tinker toys, etc.)
  8. Bake something
  9. Play miniature golf
  10. Go bowling
  11. High school sporting event (football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, wrestling)
  12. Batting cages
  13. Sportsman show, gun show, boat show
  14. County fair
  15. Ride motorcycles/ATV’s
  16. Ride horses
  17. Swimming (pool, river, lake)
  18. Fishing
  19. Hunting
  20. Shooting
  21. Shopping for 1 special item
  22. Picnic
  23. Swinging in the park
  24. Breakfast out alone
  25. Coffee shop
  26. High school/college concert
  27. High school/college play
  28. Hike in woods or along river
  29. Play a board game (Scrabble, Uno, Trouble, etc.)
  30. Wrestle time
  31. Game time (keep away, hot box, spoons, etc.)
  32. Manhood lessons
  33. Driving lessons
  34. Explore in the woods
  35. Work on the car together
  36. Take a treat to a shut-in
  37. Secret giving
  38. Walk (in the rain, in the dark, in the neighborhood, in the mall, etc.)
  39. Play with a mattress in the yard or lay on trampoline/look at clouds/stars
  40. Have a water balloon fight
  41. Rodeo
  42. Soft air war
  43. Climbing
  44. Rollerblading
  45. Skating
  46. Tennis
  47. Ping Pong, Pool, Foosball, Air Hockey
  48. Photo shoot
  49. Buy a new pair of shoes
  50. Buy one item in a sporting goods store
  51. Shop for a used car
  52. Drive in the country
  53. Wild life safari
  54. Tubing/skiing
  55. Snow cones
  56. Select, purchase, and download good music online
  57. Trip to the snow
  58. BB, air rifle, marksman shoot-off
  59. Golf
  60. Create a new dish/dessert
  61. Buy her a new piece of jewelry
  62. Manicure/pedicure
  63. Starbucks
  64. Bike ride
  65. Visit a play area at a fast food restaurant

Not all of these will work for everyone, but I hope this list will get your mind thinking about what you can do. By developing a list of 52 ideas, you will have one for each week. I promise you will never regret one moment spent with your children, and if you make this discipline of a weekly alone time part of your parenting strategy, it will pay off unbelievably!

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