20 THINGS MUMS AND SONS SHOULD DO TOGETHER
Me & My Max
As your little boy gets older it’s not always ‘cool’ to be out and about with your mum. However, a mum and son relationships is a very special one and to keep your bond strong it’s important to spend one on one time together. Max is no different to any other 11 year old boy, he loves me a lot but sometimes I’m the most embarrassing mum ever. However, when it comes to lovely treats, deep down he loves having Mum and Max time x
CINEMA & PIZZA DATE
You might not enjoy your sons choice of film as much as your daughters but there’s still nothing better than a cinema date with your boy, popcorn and pick ‘n’ mix preceded or followed by a meal at a pizza restaurant to have a good catch up. Boys can be a closed book sometimes so having a meal together is a great way to get his full attention and make him happy by filling his stomach!! Win win!!!
A MARATHON MOVIE DAY AT HOME WITH POPCORN & SNACKS
As they get older, your once cuddly boy may not be as keen on giving his mum hugs any more, and certainly not when his mates are around. A movie day at home with blankets and lots of snacks is a great way to connect and enjoy new movies or old favourites together!
GO ON A ROAD TRIP TO SOMEWHERE NEW
What could be better on a free weekend than picking somewhere you’ve never been and taking a road trip together. New sights, new experiences, mum & son bonding times, good food and even better conversations as he’s away from all his electronic distractions.
VISIT A BIG CITY
We had a great trip to New York this summer and it was fantastic exploring this amazing city together. You don’t have to go this far though, we have some great cities in the UK and Max & I have spent lots of time in Manchester & Leeds waiting for Isabelle whilst she was dancing and we’ve been to some great places.
COOK & BAKE TOGETHER
This is a great bonding experience with an end product all the family can enjoy. You’re also teaching her a valuable skill. Max is enjoying cooking and baking at the moment and our new thing is for Isabelle & Max to cook the family tea on a Friday making a new dish each week to broaden their repertoire with me close by if they needs assistance.
GO ON A DOG WALK
This is a great way to really talk with no distractions. Fresh air, being in touch with nature and not a computer or Xbox in sight. We all take out gorgeous dog Dora out for walks at different times but when we go together she absolutely loves it.
VISIT NEW PLACES & ATTRACTIONS WHENEVER THERES A FREE WEEKEND
We love nothing more than a weekend free from work or planned activities so we can go somewhere we’ve never been to before such as a uk attraction or a mini break weekend. We’ve got a bucket list full of places we want to see and things we want to do.
GO TRAMPOLINING TOGETHER
One of Max’s favourite things do to however I don’t think I can keep up with an 11 year old on a trampoline so this is definitely an activity we’d invite one or more of his friends along.
BE AUDIENCE MEMBERS ON A TV SHOW HE LIKES
Last year I got tickets for us to be audience members on both Ninja Warrior and Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up. These were both fantastic, Max loved them and it was a great new experience for him. Tickets are free on ITV & BBC websites and it’s easy to apply for them with fingers crossed you get lucky.
TAKE HIM TO A DIGITAL KIDS EVENT
If your boy likes Xbox & YouTube etc like Max does then this is the perfect day out. We took Max last year & I’ve just booked tickets again for this year for Max & a friend. He loved it last year and can’t wait to go again.
TAKE HIM TO A SPORTING EVENT OF HIS FAVOURITE SPORT
It’s always fantastic to see your favourite team play either supporting local sports or going to bigger sporting events. Max goes to watch Huddersfield Town play from time to time and I’d love to take him to Wimbledon at some point.
GO OUT FOR ICE CREAM
Simple, affordable and just good old fashioned tasty fun!
GO ON A CYCLING TRIP
Another of Max’s favourite things to do. We have some lovely places to cycle near where we live but one of the highlights of our NYC trip was all of us cycling around Central Park for the day.
Who doesn’t love an afternoon bowling! Good fun, a little competition, honing your bowling skills and quality time with no other distractions.
DO SOMETHING CHARITABLE
A few years ago Isabelle, Max and I set up a small charity called The Angel Tree. We ask people to buy just one extra Christmas gift for a child in care and we deliver them to The Salvation Army before Christmas. These are sometimes the only gift some of these children get and over the years we’ve donated hundreds of gifts. It’s something we really look forward to doing together every year.
TAKE HIM OUT FOR PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST
I had to add this as pancakes are Max’s absolute favourite breakfast. One of his favourite things to do on our New York trip was going out for breakfast and having a stack of pancakes
SPEND A DAY PLAYING BOARD GAMES/POOL/AIR HOCKEY/TABLE TENNIS
Good old fashioned fun shouldn’t be sniffed at and I find the days when electronics are put away and we play a board game or have fun playing table tennis, pool or air hockey some of the best family times to be had. Beware of them bringing out everyone’s competitive side though!!!!
DO SOMETHING DARING
Max loves lots of outdoor activities especially water based ones so this is a fun one for him. We’re planning to go back to Florida next year and we hope to swim with the Dolphins, go snorkelling & have fun jet skiing. I loved all these things when I was travelling in my 20’s and I know Max will love them too and be glad he did it.
TAKE HIM CLIMBING/GOLFING/SWIMMING/GO KARTING ETC ETC
All of these activities are great to take your son to do during school holidays and weekends and are all fantastic places to have fun together and bond. They can be family times or you can invite friends but you can guarantee he’ll have a great time.
GO TO THE WARNER BROTHERS HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR
This was a must with our family as Max absolutely loves Harry Potter. It was one of the best days out we’ve had and I’m taking him again for his next birthday as he loved it so much.