Posted by: babbo | September 19, 2008

Do You Have a Date Night?

For the past two months, my family has been without a babysitter. Since we live 800 miles away from friends and family, without a sitter there is no opportunity for my wife and I to have dinner, stroll through the bookstore, or have coffee & conversation without the kids.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I love spending time with them. But I also need some wife time. Just me and her, “man-o a wife-o,” so to speak. Without a sitter, Date Night was no more. And as every week went by, I realized the import of those few hours of husband & wife time we shared.

Thank goodness we finally found a new sitter. Date Night has been reinstated!

My circumstances got me wondering about other couples. If you’re married with kids, do you do date night? Or some other form of husband and wife time?

If you’re a single parent, how do you handle a date night with your kids? Do they meet your date, or do you keep your love life separate from the kids until a relationship becomes more serious?

Your thoughts, opinions and stories are appreciated.

And remember, you are not alone…

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Responses

  1. Babysitter? Date? What the heck is that… we haven’t had a date in eons… 😦

  2. I’m with Chris. Haven’t had a date since … I can’t really remember. It’s an annual occasion though, since Michael only goes off to his grandmother’s once per year. So far. Gotta find a local sitter. I too think it’s essential for a marriage. And I really like spending time with my wife, she’s great.

  3. When I was divorced I dated only when the girls were with their mother. I didn’t introduce someone to them until I was comfortable.

    Date nights are important and my ex and I used to find the neighborhood teenagers to hire or someone from our church…

  4. My wife and I live about a mile from her parents so we’ll occasionally drop off the little ones and have dinner out. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen often enough. Our last “Date night” was for my birthday in the beginning of August. We should really get out more just the two of us.

  5. Every week! Maybe that’s why we have six kids! 😉
    Seriously, it’s one of a very few non-negotiables in our budget & life!


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