It’s 5:00 pm. You are sleep-deprived from nursing the baby around the clock. Your toddler bounced around his bed during naptime, trying to convince you he’s too old for naps. The pile of dirty dishes in the sink are about to topple over. The laundry you have just spent the afternoon folding have just been tossed into the air by your children, like confetti. Tick tock, tick tock. When is Hubby coming home? You desperately need a break. Or better yet, you need a Date Night!
There’s just one little problem … you don’t have a babysitter. Ever been here before? Not to worry. It’s still possible. You won’t be dining in a 5-star restaurant, but it’s still possible. Here are some ideas.
Rent a Movie
Call up your man before he comes home from work, so he can pick up a movie at the nearest Redbox Kiosk. Now, I know it’s not the same as going out to the movies, but movie theater prices are just ridiculously expensive! There are probably better ways to spend your Date Night money, even if you’re able to get a babysitter.
Ride in the Car to the Drive-In Theater
Are you still set on going out to the movies? Try the drive-in movies. These establishments are slowly disappearing across the country, but perhaps there is a survivor located near you. Make sure to dress the kids in their pajamas before you go. Find a double feature with a kids’ movie for the first feature. When their movie is over, buckle the kids in, kiss them good night, and cuddle up with your honey to enjoy the second feature.
If you have very young children, this might work. I have friends who have done this. Unfortunately, for us, our older kids won’t just go to sleep, but the hubby and I probably will.
Relax on the Couch
After putting the kids to bed, plan a little couch time. Talk. Yes, talk, like a grown-up, discussing grown-up things. Or, read a book together. This can be something you plan to do once a week until you finish the book.
Recreate a Dish
Do you have a favorite dish at a restaurant? See if you can find a copycat recipe online, and spend the evening cooking with your husband. If you don’t want to eat so late at night, set it aside for dinner tomorrow, and you’ve just freed yourself up from having to cook the next day.
Relax with a Game
Have a nice, friendly game of classics, like Scrabble. Maybe you have other board games that you never take out anymore because Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders always seem to win out during family nights. A relaxing game for two is actually a fun way to spend a date night (unless you’re super competitive). But, really, it’s more about the conversation and company than the game itself.
Reach for the Stars
For those cool summer nights, star-gazing just sounds really romantic, doesn’t it? Fix up a snack and some drinks for you and your beloved and enjoy the beauty of the night sky. If you’re on the nerdy side, prepare ahead and find out some constellations that you can look for. Research if there’s anything noteworthy in outer space to observe during this time of year in your specific location.
So, no more excuses about not being able to find a babysitter. Go have a fun date with your spouse!
Do you have any more ideas for sitter-challenged couples, who need some one-on-one time?
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