3 Date Night Ideas For Busy Parents
When you are a parent, spending time with your spouse is easier said than done. Babysitters can be expensive and you surely don’t want to leave your kids in the wrong hands. But even if you are busy, you should try to make time for just you and your partner.
Let’s talk ideas for easy date nights that have helped me along the way. Most of these are affordable and fun, and they won’t take too much time away from your kids and business.
#1. At-home-restaurant date
I get it, being a full-time parent is hard enough. Add to it being a full-time employee or a full-time stay-at-home parent. None of this provides much space for romance and much less for fine dining.
Your meals are divided between chicken nuggets, fish sticks or mushy blends. It’s not always possible to hire a babysitter for a night out at a restaurant. This is why you shouldn’t have to leave your house at all!
Here’s the deal: transform your home into a fine-dining restaurant. How? Easy, divide forces. Pick a day where both of you are at home. Perhaps a Saturday or Friday. One of you gives your kids an early dinner and puts a movie for them, or maybe start your date after you put them to bed.
The other one will be in charge of the prep. To maybe save time and allow you to have fun while you cook, make something in the oven, like a roasted pork loin. If you don’t want to cook, try ordering in. Light a couple of candles, set the table, dim the lights, play some music and commit to it.
The key for this date to work out is to really get into it. Make sure your kids are entertained for a couple of hours with a movie, or allow them to fall asleep. Whatever happens, imagine that you are out at a restaurant and have an engaging conversation.
Leave your phone somewhere else, this way you can really pay attention to one another and not waste time in distractions.
#2. Mid-day movie date
This is one of the tricky ones, but a really good date idea. After work, you may get home exhausted and want to spend all the time possible with your kids. However, it is important to spend time with your significant other too.
For this date, use one of your personal days, or sick days at work. You won’t even need the entire day, take the afternoon. The great thing about it is that your kids will be at school and there won’t be any remorse.
Meet during lunch hour and drive to the movies. Pick a romantic one if possible, buy some popcorn and forget about everything else. Going to the movies during the day on a weekday may sound weird, but it’s actually great since a lot of people won’t be there and it will feel more intimate.
If you want to save money or don’t have the energy to head to the movies, meet at home. Pick a good movie, make some popcorn, get comfy on the couch and enjoy!
#3. Late-Night Spa
You can have this date on a weekend, or a weekday. When you are both tired from the kids and work, it is important to spend time with each other in a relaxing environment.
For this all you need is some body lotion, perhaps face scrub, and maybe some champagne. After your kids are in bed, put on some meditation music, get out your bathrobes and prepare to have fun at a homemade spa.
Give each other foot massages with some body oil, a back rub, put some face scrub while you sip a drink. And if you are lucky enough to have a bathtub, get it ready and hop in together.
Enjoy the music, the calmness and relax together. You’ll feel re-energized and have a very good night’s sleep aside from spending time with each other.
These are ideas that have worked for me in the past. They are not hard to do, and you won’t feel like a bad parent. Remember to always make some room for romance and alone time with your spouse. Let me know what you thought and if you have any other date night ideas.
Author Bio: Chidinma is the founder of Fruitful Kitchen, a blog that shares delicious recipes and lifestyle tips. Most of her recipes help women with fertility issues, especially fibroids, PCOS, and Endometriosis. Sometimes, however, you will find other interesting recipes, as well as cooking tips and tricks there.