Having two boys under 10, it is very hard to spend any quality time individually with them. For the past few months, my wife and I have been having date night with the kids. Once a month, I take one child out for dinner while she takes the other and we alternate. The kids get to decide where to go and they get one on one time with a parent. Personally it has been a very insightful experience and I get a very interesting comprehension of what they are thinking and is top of mind for them. My eldest talked about his friends and sport in our last dinner. My youngest, on the other hand, talked about Maths and spent the whole dinner explaining why he loved it and looked forward to lessons.

Its a special treat for the kids with a single parent with their undivided attention. And most importantly, what is discussed at dinner is beyond reproach and creates a safe place to share thoughts.