Friday treat

My daughter likes nothing better than going for a drive. I don’t get it myself. I spend too much time in the car as it is. Why would anyone choose to go for a drive for no reason? But if ever we need to drive the boys anywhere, she will choose to come along and sometimes she will ask just to go for a drive, for no other reason than to go for a drive.

In the summer, she got into the habit of asking to go for a drive on a Friday evening. Surprisingly, my younger son usually opted to go along too. So with nothing better to do, I joined them. And I started to understand the reason for the drive. Because the kids relaxed, opened up, had a good laugh and talked more. Friday evening drives started to become quite enjoyable.

Inevitably, the drives started to take us to coffee shops and cake. Friday drives became ‘Friday treat’. We never drove far – the furthest we drove was Gloucester Services (that sounds weird to anyone who has never been to Gloucester Services, but everyone who has will understand – it’s nothing like your average service station). Sometimes we literally just drove down the road and focused more on the ‘treat’ aspect and less on the driving.

And one of the best parts for the kids?

Their brother knew nothing about it.

This started when my son was working every Friday in the chip shop and they liked the fact that they were doing something without him and he didn’t even know they were doing it. If ever I mentioned it in passing, they would take pride in saying ‘But we didn’t go to a coffee shop on Friday, did we?’.

My son isn’t stupid. I’m sure he knew we were going out without him and I’m sure he didn’t actually mind.

My son no longer works at the chip shop, he has a new job working weekends. He likes the idea of a coffee and cake on a Friday evening, so he has started to join us for Friday treat.

And as I sit in a coffee shop with my two teenage boys and my nearly-teenage girl, I feel blessed that my kids are still happy to hang out with their parents and sit in a coffee shop with us on a Friday evening.

Cake, Friday treat, Coffee shop

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This is lovely, and there’s something to be said for embracing anything that they want to do with their parents by the time they get to that age. Really sweet that your eldest son has decided to go along as well now he’s stopped working at the chippy. I hope my children still want to spend Friday evenings with me when they’re older!

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    • Thanks very much! It’s strange how we stumbled across this phenomenon almost by accident, but it works for us. I don’t suppose it will last forever, but I will enjoy it while it does! x

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  2. This was so lovely to read Sarah, what a nice way to spend a Friday night. Best of luck to your son with his new job x

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say! The new job is going really well. I think he could have some real prospects there. x

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  3. Aww! What a lovely thing to do with your kids. You are really lucky that your children still want to hang out with you. My teen isn’t that fussed about going out with me anywhere anymore. lol x

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    • Hopefully she will want to hang out with you again soon. For my boys, it has to be somewhere they want to go for them to hang out with us. Neither of them will turn down a coffee shop! x

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  4. I guess Gloucester services are the amazing services where we met last year ? Ah I love this idea of just going for a drive and ending up with coffee and cake, and these are definitely the small moments we need to treasure with teens. My two love going into Frodsham with us for coffee and cake at Costa, and I am going to enjoy it as long as they want to come with us x

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    • Yep, that’s Gloucester services! It’s great that your two like going out for coffee and cake with you too. It might cost a few quid and some of us might be eating something we don’t actually need, but it’s definitely worth it for the the quality time with the kids. x

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  5. It sounds like a lovely thing to do. Definitely good if you’ve got teens willing to go

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  6. I love this! What a lovely thing to do. I really miss doing things with all of the kids, we do still do things occasionally but with the mix of clubs and after school things and the boys wanting to go out with their friends, it doesn’t happen very often. I hope this continues for you as it sounds really positive and I totally get why you would go to the Gloucester Services, they are amazing

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    • Thanks very much. We will keep it up for as long as the kids want it. I imagine my daughter will want it for many years to come! Friday is our one day without after school activities, so it’s a great time to do it.

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