Last night I worked an event This Side UP! Family does every month. It's called I Date My Spouse" and is an opportunity for married couples to take advantage of free childcare while they go on a date--often with a giftcard given to them by TSUF. It's amazing! The kids get some quality programming and have a blast while their parents connect.
I wish there had been something like this when my girls were little.
When my girls were little, we were not good at the dating thing. Partly because we had so little family time to be all together that we just didn't take the time away from them. Partly because date night is expensive when you calculate babysitter, dinner and an activity. And partly because both of us are more practical than romantic.
When the girls both started elementary school, Brian worked retail hours and I worked for a church, so weekends were not really an option for us and weeknights were hard because the girls needed to be fed, bathed and in bed at a decent hour. Brian usually worked late on Fridays or was off and that was my day off, so we would either do breakfast or lunch together. There was a season when I had a pt job on Fridays and he even came up to eat lunch with me there a few times.
Most days I think it would be easier if we didn't have to worry about finances and could do the traditional night out that most other couples do. But, when I look back on our dates, I don't really regret how we've chosen to do them. I only regret the seasons where we didn't do anything--when we let fatigue and work and kids' activities keep us too busy to spend time together.
What types of dates work for you? What's your favorite thing to do with your spouse? Also, I'm taking suggestions on what series we can watch next!