My husband has created a special way to get his very own personal time with each child. He has individual "tea time" with each one at least one hour per week. So, everyone gets to have their own personal tea time with Dad every week, during which no one else is allowed in the room…not even Mom! He uses this time to connect with each child, listening and laughing about whatever they desire the conversation to be. Yes, they do it over tea, and the children are always searching for new flavors during our trips to the grocery store!
I am so happy and overwhelmed at the pure excitement and expectancy when it is tea time in our house. No one has tea time on the same night, so no one shares their personal tea time. We have a 13-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter who both look forward to tea time just as much as the other. Of course, the 7-year-old "girlie-girl" brings her own style to every tea time with Dad! She sets out her finest tea set, silverware and even dessert.
According to my husband, it is absolutely amazing and humbling to see what you can learn about your children, and from your children, in just a little time. Of course, we do all sorts of things as a family, but to the children, I am sure this is one of the most special.
— Tameka of Richardson, Texas