10 Ways To Enjoy Dating When You Have Kids
Parents with kids know all too well how easy it is for your privacy and “adult time” to go out the window. As much as you love your little ones, sometimes you want a night to yourself — that doesn’t include changing diapers, bottles and dealing with attitudes. Here are some ways parents can get back to dating, even when a babysitter, family member, or friend isn’t available.
Wake up early for breakfast
This might sound like a no brainer but the fact of the matter is, too many people aren’t allowing for enough time in the morning. Instead of rushing off to work before sending the kids on their way, try waking up early so you and your love can enjoy a quiet meal before chaos.
Surprise with a lunch date
You have a lunch hour and so does your partner. Why wouldn’t you try to meet up and break bread? Not every date happens at night.
Netflix and Redbox for everyone
This is a good one to try if you have kids that are old enough to stay in a room by themselves, but too young to leave home alone. Reclaim your Friday nights by renting or streaming movies the family can enjoy. Order pizza and put your kids in one room while you and your special person enjoy alone time in another. Watching is optional.
Take a day
If your children are at school or in daycare, consider taking a personal day from work. You can use this time to reconnect with your love by touring the city, heading to the spa, or staying in the sheets.
Don’t judge with this one. Some people actually do it. IKEA is notorious for affordable prices and a free kids play area. So long as your child meets the age requirement (typically 4 to 10), you can leave them to play while you enjoy Swedish fare inside the store’s restaurant.
Have a picnic
Kids just love the park and playground. The next time you plan on spending some time outdoors, pack a light picnic that includes a little wine and cheese. You can roll out a blanket and watch your children from a distance.
Camp in the backyard
Transform your outdoor space into a family camp site. If your kids are old enough, you can leave them in their own tent while you enjoy some time in your own.
Enlist the help of others
Churches and other community organizations have groups (or ministries) you can join to meet other parents. One perk many try to offer is a parent date night where members will take care of your little ones while you go out for an early night on the town.
Use local directories like Yelp to see if there’s a well-rated childcare facility near you that accepts drop-ins. These facilities will oftentimes charge by the hour making them a great resource for watching movies and enjoying some time to yourself.
Remember, don’t judge. A little birdie revealed that some parents will attend the early church service and leave their children in Sunday school during the later one (typically longer) while they run out for brunch. This of course would require timing on your part.