Getting date night is hard. What is your best solution? This is a question I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends. They gave some great responses!
Tammy: Have your children 9 years apart so you have a built in babysitter. LOL!
Diane: What Tammy said (although mine are 5 1/2 years apart). Before that though, the kids’ bedtime was 7:30. Gave us lots of alone time. 🙂
Ronel: Plan ahead and have a back up plan…. my grandmother whom raised 4 kids close in age told me to do datenight at home if money is tight, make a nice dinner and put the kids to bed a little early or set them up with a movie & tell them they can NOT bug you… I have found this refreshing when money is tight!!
Lisa: We’ve never had a date night & been married 22 years.I don’t really understand the need. We always wanted to include our child in things we did & have had plenty of time together also.
Kennisha: Definitely planning ahead is key. I don’t like asking people to watch the kids at the last minute. If all fails, we do a nice dinner/movie date at home after the kids are put to bed. 🙂
Tammy: When my kids were younger, I traded off with another mom for date night babysitting. Now mine are 12 and 9 and can be home alone for up to 2 hours, with hubby and I within a few miles of home and reachable by cell phone 🙂
Shannon: With 8 kids our days are booked. We seize our moments remembering to focus on one another. Whether its our couch time every night when he comes home. Kids know dad will kiss them hello and then he and I get a good 15 minutes of uninterrupted time!
Tricia P: Date MORNING! Mid-Saturday mornings for us seem to work best. We’re not rushed or super tired then.
Kim: Only way it happens with us is when we both put it on our calendars weeks ahead of time. Then it’s sacred. To us anyway.
Ann: We do an at-home date night every week. Kids go to their own rooms at 7:00 for booktime, and they know that this is our night. We started this 4 1/2 yrs ago when the kids were 5, 3, and infant, so it can work with little ones!
The_go_between: When kids were little bought tickets to symphony – guaranteed date night 3 times a year!
Amanda: Lunch dates while the kidlet is in school.
John and I did most of these … although I don’t remember symphony tickets! Remember the best thing you can do is PLAN. Whether it’s at home or out on the town time with your spouse is worth taking the time to figure out!
Do you have an idea we can benefit from? I’d love to hear it!