Motherhood

Dates With Your Child

Do you guys ever take your little ones on dates? Now that he’s (almost!) two, Toby and I are starting a new tradition…

Toby is enamored of the French cafe across the street from our apartment; every time we walk by, he points to the window and asks if we can go inside. So, we decided that every Saturday morning, we’ll have brunch there, just the two of us. We dress up for our date in our favorite clothes–this time, I wore pink jeans, and Toby wore train-conductor overalls (since he’s currently in training). When the waitress comes, Toby can now say “quiche” all by himself!

We read the paper while we wait for our breakfast (me = the Book Review, Toby = the Automobile section)…

But Toby sometimes has a hard time waiting, so we also try on sunglasses.

Finally, the waitress arrives! We give her a hearty round of applause, since when you’re a toddler, you clap for pretty much everything.

The quiche with Gruyere and spinach is delicious, and we wolf it up.

Afterward, we mingle with other customers, play hide-and-seek with the friendly waitress and do upside-down kisses.

And then we walk home. I’m looking forward to our new Saturday breakfast tradition. Do you have any rituals or “dates” with your little ones?

P.S. Toby saying, “Quiche.” :)

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  1. i was reminded of this post yesterday:

    there’s a big age gap in my family and on monday my lovely sister turned 21.

    when we were all giving her presents, our eleven year old brother (Buzz) disappeared and came back with an envelope.

    none of us knew that in july he had won a voucher for lunch for 2 in a prize-draw competition at his school fair.

    he decided secretly that he’d take her out for a lunch date to celebrate her birthday.

    joy opened the envelope and found the winning prize-draw ticket, the menu and the voucher.

    poor littlee buzz was a bit nervous, he didn’t know if she’d want to go with him but of course she was delighted so yesterday they were all ready to go (buzz had already decided to ask for no salad when he ordered, and see if he could get extra fries in its place!) and joy noticed he’d put on a button-down shirt, which she commented on and was met with the suggestion that she might want to put on a dress!

    they went and sat outside and had a lovely time, i’m told.

    anyway, this got long, and i know he isn’t quite a toddler anymore, but it reminded me of your dates with toby and made my heart smile :)

  2. Every Tuesday morning, my 1 1/2 year old girl and I cycle down to Granville Island Public Market (we live in Vancouver, BC), for the Toonie Crepes, a coffee, some pidgeon chasing, a walk about the market (we usually will buy some blueberries), and a lovely bike ride home. I love having one thing that can become a tradition:)

  3. Every Tuesday morning, my 1 1/2 year old girl and I cycle down to Granville Island Public Market (we live in Vancouver, BC), for the Toonie Crepes, a coffee, some pidgeon chasing, a walk about the market (we usually will buy some blueberries), and a lovely bike ride home. I love having one thing that can become a tradition:)

  4. this is super cute. reminds me of my coworker. She is a single mom at 40 years old and has a son who is 8yr old. She opened his own checking account and he has his own credit card and she says weekly they will go on a ‘date’ and he pays for their meal. teaching him how to be a real gentlman! I love it!

  5. So adorable. Quiche. I wish I knew classy words like that as a toddler. Really love this idea. And brunch is an awesome meal in general.

  6. Julie K. says...

    He looks just like you <3

  7. What a great idea and so special moment to share with your baby!
    Ila

  8. I don’t have any children, I’m only 27 [not young to most people, but I don’t want kids til I’m 30+] but I do have 12 year old sister who I go on “sister dates” with once a month. She looks forward to it every time. Sometimes its dinner and a movie. Sometimes we get all dressed up, go out for a fancy dinner and go to the theatre. I’m ruining her for future boyfriends by making her high maintenance. I did the same with my other sister [now 21 and a new mom]. She told me the otherday that she secretly wishes we still had sister dates. So I’m surprising her with a trip to the arcade where we used to ride the carousel, play games and take tons of pics in the photobooth.

  9. That’s such a sweet idea! All growing up, my dad would take each of us on “special dates” about once a month. We got to choose whatever we want. Sometimes that involved eating Target food for dinner, riding up and down the Embassy Suites glass elevators and seeing a movie. My dad worked and traveled for work a lot, so most of my bonding with him was done on those dates – they meant a lot.

  10. Hi Joanna,
    I laughed out loud reading this post. My little boy is 13 months old and you have inspired me to start going on little dates with him :)
    There is nothing cuter than a scrummy little boy. How lucky are we?
    I live in Brisbane, Australia by the way. I jokingly asked my husband whether we could rent your apartment in July – he just laughed at me! I would absolutely love to live in NYC – having said that, we are pretty lucky here too. Love your blog. Keep up the sensational work. Kate x

  11. Hi Joanna,
    I laughed out loud reading this post. My little boy is 13 months old and you have inspired me to start going on little dates with him :)
    There is nothing cuter than a scrummy little boy. How lucky are we?
    I live in Brisbane, Australia by the way. I jokingly asked my husband whether we could rent your apartment in July – he just laughed at me! I would absolutely love to live in NYC – having said that, we are pretty lucky here too. Love your blog. Keep up the sensational work. Kate x

  12. I’m a single mama, so my daughter and I have dates ALL the time. I love spending quality time with her like that… we usually go to our favourite cafe, or down to the river <3

  13. Anonymous says...

    that’s adooooooorable!
    I don’t have any kids, but I’m totally stealing the idea :P

    and you guys look so stylish on your date :)

    Iriska

  14. My daughter is 13 and we’ve always done dates just the two of us, my husband travels a lot so she & I spend lots of time together doing fun things, picnics in the park, movie night in my bed, music downtown and even ballgames by ourselves and once a year I always take her out of school for the day for brunch and a day of beauty. I love being a mom and I love that I can honestly say she’s one of my favorite people to spend time with!!

  15. my dad used to take me on dates…when I got older & asked him why, he said it was so I would know how I should be treated :)

  16. Oh my goodness! Toby is soo cute! I think that is such a sweet tradition and it’s awesome you’re starting when he’s so young!

    I love to spend time with my youngest brother (he’s 9 now); we go to the movies, go for ice cream, try a new restaurant in town, or he will accompany me to the craft store and we’ll spend the day making things :)

  17. Such a great idea! I used to have “dates” with my dad on Sunday mornings when I was really young. We would get bagels and juice and go to his office, and while he worked, I colored opposite him at his desk. On other days, my mom would plan a special Mom and me date. So meaningful and really makes you feel special as a little one. I can’t wait to have kids and continue the tradition. Thanks Joanna!

  18. oh my Joanna, he is the CUTEST! I love how he says “quiche” and then “please”. so darling.

  19. Everytime I think it’s impossible for this kid to get any cuter, he proves me wrong again! You are so lucky this little guy is yours!

  20. That’s a great idea and tradition! I wish my parents did this with me, but it was difficult at those times. As for me, I do this with my daughter occasionally and she adores going out.

  21. Your little son looks just like you! Love this idea; one day, when I’m a mom, my children and I will go on dates too (:

  22. Anonymous says...

    the random customer looked more delicious than the quiche ;)