You can pretty much guarantee that parenthood leaves most people with less time and money to spend on themselves and their relationship. I’ve long accepted that nights of evening dress and canapes are now off the menu but that doesn’t mean giving up on romantic evenings all together. With a bit of planning you can still have date night at home with no worry about babysitters or forking out for a taxi home.
Date night tips
1) Remember to declare it ‘date night’ – If you’re going to be staying in you want to make sure its not just like any other evening so plan when it will be in advance so you can both look forward to it. Even better, set a regular date even if its only once a month.
2) Cook together – Cooking yourselves is always going to save you money over a take away and you can turn it into part of your date if you do it together. As busy parents we tend to divide up what needs doing so it’s lovely to work together on something.
3) Recreate one of your early dates – Bring back memories by watching the first film you saw together or trying to recreate a meal you enjoyed.
4) Play games – Never underestimate the power of having a little silly fun. I wouldn’t recommend things like scrabble or trivial pursuit for date night as they always seem to lead to an argument in our house and might as well end you up on lifehacks, your conscience trying to justify itself. But I’m sure you can find something less controvesial.
5) Plan something together – There’s nothing like looking forward to something as a couple even if it’s not really a practical plan. How about getting out some maps and travel guides and planning your ideal trip around the world? What sort of party would you love to have for an upcoming anniversary?
Date nights might be different now we have kids but it is really just about spending time together so it doesn’t have to be expensive. I’d love to hear your top tips.
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