What About Date Night?

Posted on Oct 29 2013 - 8:57am by Markell

athomedatenightsDuring the month of October, Traci & I are sharing posts on how to help your family grow closer together. Today, I want to talk about date night. 

I’ve always been told that it is important for a husband and wife to continue dating each other after they are married. It is important to be able to spend some time together, without children, and continue to get to know each other. My husband and I have been married four and a half years and there is still SO much I don’t know about this man. We are currently on a two day trip together, without children, and it has been so fun to get to know him better and to reconnect with him.

Since we can’t go on trips by ourselves all the time, we try to improvise when we are at home with date nights. Having little kids and trying to squeeze in date night is really hard. My husband is currently a college student and I am a stay at home mother, so money is tight. Paying for a babysitter, dinner, and a movie just isn’t feasible. So we usually opt for at home date nights instead.

Our kids go to bed around 7 or 7:30, so we have the rest of the night to ourselves. We like to set aside one day each week that we spend time with each other instead of on our own separate electronic devices (which is how we usually spend the evening). Here are some things we like to do on that night:

– catch up on our favorite series (I know.. not really a getting-to-know-you activity, but it gives us something to talk about and something to do together)

– play battleship (best date night game!)

– play cards

– make a dessert together (Traci is going to talk more about cooking for date night tomorrow, I think!)

– eat dinner together. On these nights, the kids eat something simple (mac & cheese… hot dogs..) and after we put them to bed, we  have a nice, peaceful dinner by ourselves. This is one of my favorites. It is really nice for me because I get to actually sit and enjoy dinner instead of getting up to get sippy cups and bibs and more milk and whatever else it is my kids are asking for. 

None of these date ideas are expensive or difficult. You don’t have to spend money to spend time with your spouse. The important thing is to make spending time with your spouse a priority. 

What do you do for date night? 

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