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Ten (Inexpensive) Mother and Son Date Ideas

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warriors hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalms 27:3-5

The NET version is “Yes, sons are a gift from the LORD.”

These date ideas can be for mothers and daughters, or fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, and, of course, mothers and sons.

God has blessed me not with not only one son but two. My boys are really, really active. Like getting dirty, like bugs, etc. Now me, I’m a girly girl. I don’t like bugs of any kinds. If I see even a lady bug I’ve taught me boys to squish it. Me and mud don’t get along.

I love how God chose to give me, girly Rhian, two boys who love to play with action figures and demolition derby. Meanwhile even after 4 1/2 years of parenting boys, I still don’t know how to “play” cars very well. My oldest teaches me how to build the perfect Lego castle and thinks the beetle he found should be a pet (I don’t think so). If you asked me to list the newest superhero and their super powers, I can name two: Superman – he can see through walls – and Spiderman – he can shoot spider webs. Even for those, I had to ask my hubby what their superpower was!

But, I do know one thing, I do know how to hang out, have fun and love my boys. Take this morning for example, during the hustle and bustle of moving into a new house, Monkey Man found some paper, drew a plan and then he and I build it out of mega blocks.  During this I had Bumble Bee sitting on my lap.

So I’ve found 10 Date Ideas for Moms and Sons. 

  1. Bake together (don’t forget to clean out the bowl)
  2. Build a fort
  3. Go out for breakfast or lunch
  4. Go on a picnic and pack all of his favourite foods
  5. Story time at the library
  6. Play on the swings
  7. Cheap Zoo – go to the pet store
  8. Go to the movies – or even better create your own drive-in movie using cardboard boxes for cars
  9. Dollar store gift exchange
  10. Fly kites and eat ice cream 

Some of my favourite memories with my boys are:

  • Building a fort with them. We all squeeze into it and only a few minutes later it collapses.
  • Creating a pirate boat out of cardboard and coffee table and sail into the land of the unknown, with our tea, bandanas, and painted on eye patches.
  • Or how about the time, I teach Monkey Man how to cut veggies. Now they fight over who gets to put the cheese in the macaroni and cheese.

I think in a world where iPads and video games are the normal source of entertainment, I believe we need to set an example and put down our electronics and be creative. Yes, I’m guilty of falling into the electronic babysitter. So how about it moms (and dads), are you ready to think outside the box and go on a date with your son.

We as parents need to get to know our children. Here is some links to some questions you can ask your kids.

21 Questions Your Son Really Needs You to Ask Him

14 Fun Questions to Ask Your Child

If you have any other inexpensive dates ideas, I would love to hear them.

Happy planning!


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