This love language holds a special place in my heart, as it’s my own love language: Quality Time. If you’ve yet to figure out what your (or Mom’s) love language is, check out the quiz here.
For me, or the Mom with the Quality Time Love Language, the best gift is to give time together. No, this doesn’t mean time starring at your respective screens, but true, honest to goodness, quality time. Something that’s memorable, preferably.
Being the self-proclaimed expert on Quality Time, let me give you a few suggestions below.
Go to Brunch
Because, brunch. I don’t think this needs much of an explanation.
Yeah, you could hit up IHOP (it’s in my list of great restaurants for toddlers – find that here), but you could really hit it out of the park and take Mom somewhere local and fancier.
If I could go anywhere it’d be 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Add that to your bucket list!
If you’re trying to stay within a budget, stay home. However, there are a few things you can do to spruce up a night in.
- Choose Mom’s favorite movie (maybe one she likes to sing along to)
- Set the stage – dim the lights, grab some blankets
- Don’t forget the snacks – popcorn and Mom’s favorite candy
Now, the most important thing here is to stay actively interested and involved in the movie. Again, don’t grab your phone, don’t run off to play or get sidetracked with laundry. While Mom would appreciate the laundry part, your attention and time spent with her will mean more.
A Mom that has a Quality Time love language will love an adventure. You could make this a wild, multi-day trip up the coast, taste-testing saltwater taffy on the way. Or, it could be a day out antiquing. You can even find fun activities (on the cheap) through Groupon. I definitely recommend checking there for ideas.
Another budget idea is to keep the adventure local and minimal. Find a great park and pick up some Subway on the way. Your adventure doesn’t have to be phenomenal. Remember, it’s about the time spent together rather than the activity itself.
I am a sucker for fairs and festivals. I also know that Hubs grits his teeth through them, but he does it for me, and it means a lot.
Being on the frugal side of life, I’m not too apt to make purchases at these events, which I think makes Hubs look at it as a waste of time. But, I enjoy the atmosphere, the community, the camaraderie. Fairs and festivals are basically Community Quality Time.
I guess this explains my background in running community events. It all makes sense now.
Next Week: Physical Touch
Come back next week for my post on the ‘Physical Touch’ Love Language. And, remember, if you missed the last three, you can catch them here: ‘Words of Affirmation,’ ‘Receiving Gifts,‘ and ‘Acts of Service.’
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