My wife and I share two awesome kids. Both boys, two awesome boys.
With that out of the way, it's time to explain some things about our household. By now it shouldn't be a surprise when I disclose that we have to sons, my wife and I. And although the youngest is rather competitive, competition for our attention is not really an issue... anymore. It used to be, but that's history since quite some time.
Nowadays the boys have turned into even more different personalities then before. Which is a blessing since there's hardly a point to compare the two of them. Makes life a lot easier as a parent.
But since their 'personality divergence' is only increasing, it becomes more and more important to have those one-on-one moments with the boys. So there's time for the talks that you can have as a parent with your kid. You talk about them, about you, school, sports, etc. There's just no way to have the in depth talks when both boys are around. There's no unwillingness, it's just not doable.
So my wife and I agreed that in addition to our annual weekend together to celebrate our anniversary, just the two of us. We also are going to spend a weekend with the boys, one-on-one. So over the course of a year both of us have spend a weekend away with either of the boys. Consequently, the other spends time at home with the other boy. That way we get to spend time doing things either boy enjoys, talk about stuff either boy loves to talk about and we get the chance to discuss what we want to discuss with them, in a totally carefree environment.
Last weekend we had such a weekend. I've been spending the weekend with the youngest of the two, at home. My wife was away with the oldest. And it was awesome, for all four of us. It was unanimous.