For Alfie and me, date nights are like unicorns: rare and magical. Oh, we veg out in front of the tv after the kids have gone to bed, and we sometimes we even manage to turn the tv off and have a real conversation and - *gasp!* - a romantic moment or two. I'm talking about actual dates where we go out to dinner and a movie, or dinner and a show, or attend a party (kid-free!) or just dinner. Heck, even coffee after some boring school function counts as a date in my book. Anything that gets us out of the house and away from the kids!
Like many parents, there are a number of factors conspiring against more frequent Date Nights:
* Lack of energy
* Lack of funds
* Lack of people we trust to watch our kids
* Lack of availability of said people
Yup, like I said. Unicorns.
But here's something just as unicorn-like: the relationship I have with my husband. It's rare. It's magical. I value it. I don't want to lose it. And we'll do anything to keep it going.
Date Nights are important, because it helps us reconnect as people, not just as 3Po's and Jammy's and The Pea's parents. We plan to be together long after our kids have flown from our nest, so we do what we have to do in order to keep that magical unicorn from disappearing from our lives. Even if it means packing my husband peanut-butter sandwiches to take to the office or giving up that cute pair of new shoes I saw for spring or waiting till my mom makes her annual visit from the Philippines or playing phone tag with our regular babysitter.
I'll say it again. Date nights are like unicorns. If only it weren't so darn difficult to catch one!
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Disclosure: This is a compensated post, courtesy of Splash Creative Media for SitterScout.com. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.