When I first moved to North America, I loved saying the word "date." In England, where I'm from, we hardly ever use this word. It sounded so exotic and very Sex And The City to me. However, and despite my initial enthusiasm, I have found this word difficult to integrate into my normal diction (I even unintentionally put on a bit of an American accent when I say it). So even though it doesn't roll off my tongue naturally, there are some important reasons why I go on mommy-son "dates" with my kid, even if that's not what I personally chose to call them.
After a decade (or more, if I really want to stop and count) of living away from my homeland, I have just managed to start calling my weekly cinema outings with my husband "date night." So, honestly, using the same word to describe a special day out with my son seems strange to me. Which probably also explains my aversion to the term "play date," which actually manages to activate my gag reflex. We call them mommy-son "outings," which sounds more like a teddy bear's picnic than a romantic event.
However, it's important to remember that it doesn't actually matter what you call it. In the end, making time to spend with your child is always special. With that in mind, here are the reasons why I choose to schedule weekly "dates" with my kid: