Part of our adoption journey has been helping Judson adjust to his family and part of it has been helping oor family adjust to one more member! Jason and I always said we wanted four kids, plus or minus one….I’m thinking four is good! I am about to make them count off in public because I am so nervous I am going to lose one!
Early on, we quickly realized we had to make some adjustments to make sure ALL of our kids were getting the attention they needed, because most days, I felt too disconnected from Parker, Emery and Bradley. We were in the same room and doing our normal routine, but we knew they needed, as did we, a little more!
So, we came up with a very complicated, intricate plan….we let each kid stay up for 15 to 20 minutes past bedtime, one night a week. Earth shattering, right? It may not seem like a big deal, BUT, it has had a huge impact on our family! Not only do we get to spend one on one time with each child, but it has decreased bedtime drama because we have a plan. During our 15 minutes, we do an activity they want, but also check in with them about how they are adjusting and feeling! Since we are a LARGER family, we are realizing we have to be creative and make adjustments to make sure each child has our attention and time.
What things do you do to have one on one time with your kiddos?