3-2-1:  3-2-1: The Magic of Spending Time with our Children

3-2-1 Get Balanced Wednesday
by Dr. Donnie

“Helping you align your daily behaviors with your priorities in life.”

3 Ideas from me, 2 Quotes from others, and 1 Question to help you reflect on your work-life wellness and balance habits this week.

3 Ideas from Me


When my children were young, I used to take them out to a restaurant for dessert and ice cream. I would do this as a one-on-one time with Dad. I raised four children and would usually do this once per week.

I started this process when my first child, Rachel, turned four. I would select a nice booth table and have her sit across from me. It was our daddy/daughter date. I have many beautiful memories with her and the other children when they came of age.


I continued this parent/child practice for many years. I always looked forward to it. The venues changed over the years; however, the mission didn’t. One recent positive attribute of this came to a realization this month.

My daughter Rachel lives in Dallas, and we live in Florida. She called me the other week and asked me a question that really opened my eyes. She said, “Dad, do you remember all the daddy/daughter dates we had together, from going out to ice cream and coffee shops when I got older?” I said of course I do. Those were some great times.


She said,” They sure were Dad. They are some of my best memories.” The next thing she said made me look like a deer in headlights. She asked, “I’ve been living in Dallas for six months; when are you going to come visit me? I like our FaceTime and phone calls, but just because I’m living on my own doesn’t mean I don’t need time with my dad.”

Five days ago, I flew to Dallas and spent a long weekend with her. We went on beautiful walks and runs. We enjoyed our coffee shop visits, lunches, and dinners. We laughed, talked, and reminisced a bit. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with each other. Lesson learned: Don’t stop believing in the magic of spending time with our children!  I love you, Rachel!

2 Quotes from Others


“”Every day is an opportunity to make new happy memories with your kids.”

— Unknown

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children…”

–        Proverbs 17:6

 1 Question for You

Do you have a child or two who could benefit from one-on-one time with you? What are you waiting for?

Dr. Donnie’s Answer:  In short, I need to reach out to my firefighter son, Donnie III, and catch up. I then need to schedule a time for us to go fishing together. I’m going to get this accomplished this week!

I would love to hear your answer and if you find this newsletter helpful and encouraging. Email: [email protected]

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Until next week, may God bless you, your family and may the Glory be to God.

– Dr. Donnie Hutchinson



The format and style of this newsletter were inspired and highly influenced by James Clear 3-2-1 Newsletter. The content is strictly Dr. Donnie’s.