This particular date happened one Saturday in May which we spent at Al Ghurair Centre. First stop was one of her favourites: Borders. There she scanned the shelves for toys, books of a certain series, and then the stationery and art supplies section. We then went to a few other shops where Caila looked around, picked up things that caught her eye and put them back, and then repeated the same thing until she was satisfied. She said she was taking note of the things she liked, and once she made her decision on what she wanted, we would go back and buy them. Good girl ☺
I was really happy my eldest enjoyed our special time together. Of course I enjoyed it too. At this age when she’s a tween, there’s a lot of things going inside her head. And as I mentioned earlier, she’s really shy, so most of the time she keeps these thoughts to herself, making it hard for us to get her to talk. Fortunately, through this date, she opened up. She had questions which I answered, she told me about her friends in school, her worries, ideas, and dreams…and I listened while trying to give suggestions and advice. Sure we can do these things at home, but it’s different when you have other people around and other things to do.
These dates are treats for both of us because our attention is only on each other, allowing us to bond while having a good time, and giving me the chance to get to know Caila more because she’s growing up so fast. Teenagers usually prefer to share things with their friends and peers, so it’s important that parents keep the lines of communication open. And dates like these while they’re still young are a good way to start.