Planning a Date Night & Better Mom Monday’s Link-up!

It’s not that we don’t enjoy being Moms, but having a night alone on a date with your husband is an absolute wonderful experience! When is the last time you spent a night out alone with your husband? Can you even remember?

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Planning a date night

When I hear women talking about this, one of the complaints I hear most is that they don’t have the money to pay a babysitter, especially on a regular basis. But, you don’t have to have money to spend quality time alone with your husband. Here are some ideas for you to think about when trying to work out a special night with your handsome hubby.

Finding someone to watch your kids:

  • Depending on the age of your kids, you can get an experience teenager or college student at a reasonable rate
  • Perhaps you have family close by, ask them to come over and watch your kids
  • If you don’t have the money to hire a babysitter, why not swap watching each others kids. One week, you go out. The next week, they go out.
  • Know of a gym or store that offers free child care {like Ikea}, why not go on a short date and hang out with your hubby while the kids play?
  • Share a babysitter with another family – unless there are way too many kids – consider this if you have 2-4 kids between the two of you.
  • Put the kids to bed and have a “late night” date in your bedroom {lock the door and let kids know to not disturb unless it’s an emergency} and have a special dessert and coffee date.
  • If your kids are in school, why not have a lunch date with your hubby?
  • Be creative

Now, once you’ve found a night and a sitter, set up what you need for your kids:

  • Have a schedule for your sitter of what time they usually eat, play, bathe, or head to bed
  • Have the sitter {if it’s the first time with them} come over 15 minutes early so you can show them around your home and explain things
  • If you are bringing your kids to someone else’s house for swapping, try to do so earlier in the evening so that you can still get your kids to bed at a decent hour — maybe have a day date. Also, be sure to let other parents know of programs/creatures your child would be afraid of watching if they watch a video.
  • If you’re running late in getting home, be sure to communicate that with your sitter.

There’s no rule that you must have a date every week or your marriage will fall apart, but I guarantee that having something on a semi-regular basis, at least, will improve your marriage. You will look forward to it. You will have time to talk things out, plan future family things, talk about how to work out your child’s behavior problems, talk about whatever you want together. It’s precious time. I enjoy spending time with my hubby – that’s why I married him – and when I’m alone on a date with him, I can remember all the wonderful reasons why I love him so much and married him even more because it’s so special.   When is the last time you had a date with your hubby? If it’s been a long time, what are you going to do today to make that happen?

Blessings,

Becky, Organizing Made Fun

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Comments

  1. lorihatcher says

    When we realized that our children were finally able to stay home by themselves for a few hours, we formed a supper club with three other couples. Once a month we’d meet for a potluck dinner and game night. We’d rotate host homes, and the hostess would choose the theme and provide the main dish. It might be Soup and Salad night, or Mexican Night, or Indian Night. The other couples would bring the remaining parts of the meal and dessert. This was a low stress, cheap night out, but LOTS of fun. We always came away with new recipes AND got to play grown up games. NO CANDY LAND ALLOWED! We rediscovered fun games like Taboo, Spades, Bananagrams, Boggle, etc. For those of you with young children, you can still do this, just get a sitter or trade off. Maybe one home hosts the Supper Club and the other home hosts the babysitter and the kids?

  2. says

    Great ideas! We used to swap babysitting with another family, that way we’d each get a date night. We also, on occasion would share a babysitter with another family as well! Thanks for hosting today.

  3. says

    We usually didn’t have the money for a sitter and it was an hour round trip to get one to our home. We saved having a sitter for our anniversary. So, we would do something special once they were in bed. Our favorite was to share with one spoon, a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, taking turns having a bite until it was gone!! Yum!!

    Thanks for hosting!!

  4. Stacy says

    Thank you so much for hosting…I really need to get more intentional about planning dates. I’ve become too lax.

  5. Liane says

    Regular date nights have been a priority in my marriage for a number of years, from lunch dates when our kids were younger and in public school, to Friday night dates now when our teenagers are at church youth group events. Almost married 23 years now and we are closer now than ever. It doesn’t have to be a fancy date (although it is nice sometimes), but just being together and doing something together keeps us connected as a couple.

  6. Mom2eight says

    As parents of 5 kids born in a 7 yr period, dates were scarce! But, I would often feed the kids first and put them to bed, then make a “special” meal for us, complete with candles, my nice dishes etc and it was an awesome time of just us :)

  7. Mackenze @ Cheerios and Lattes says

    Thanks for hosting such a great party each week! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  8. This Woman Writes says

    Thank you for hosting. I am number 193 this week — Waiting, and Waiting, and Waiting on God.

    Ever felt like this?

  9. Texas Living and Loving says

    First time here. Love the post. Date nights are so important for married couples. I wish that my husband and I were able to make more time for those.

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