When my husband and I met ten years ago, finding some alone time to keep our relationship fresh was easy. Back then my oldest son would go to his bio father’s house every other weekend which freed up time for me to recharge and get enough quality time with my (then) boyfriend. We would spend the weekends with each other making dinner or grabbing take out, talking, laughing, and connecting. It’s not as easy to do that anymore, but it needs to become a priority once again.
Now, with another child added to the dynamic, a move 1800 miles away from family and friends, and hectic work schedules for both of us, it’s not as easy to find time alone to reconnect. This is why finding time to date each other again is so important for our own personal well-being and the well-being of our marriage.
More ideas to rekindle the relationship spark
I posted 11 At Home Date Night Ideas to help busy parents find time for each other. Because let’s face it, it isn’t always easy for parents to get a babysitter or to find the time to schedule a date night out. But if you are lucky enough to have a great, reliable babysitter or family nearby, take it one step further.
Weekend getaway – when was the last time you and your spouse or partner spent a romantic weekend alone? I can’t tell you the last time my husband and I did and it would be heavenly.
Concert – is a band that both you and your partner like coming to town? Get tickets and let loose. Music is so good for the soul.
Afternoon drive – if you can’t get away for an extended period, how about dropping the kids off with the grandparents and taking a drive. Maybe even top it off with a picnic. My husband and I seem to have our best conversations in the car.
Mini golf – I’m serious. How fun is a game of mini golf, especially without the kids? I love to do kid-friendly activities with just adults. It’s a great way to unwind and have some fun without any stress.
Take a cooking class – if one or both of you would like to up your game in the kitchen, take a couples cooking class.
Go fishing – even if you don’t like to fish, if your husband does it’s a great way to have some quiet and fresh air in a calm setting. Sit and talk while your husband (or wife) catches a few nibbles. Who knows, you may even catch something for a romantic dinner later in the day.
Go to a museum – maybe there’s a new exhibit at the art museum that would bore the kids, or you feel like looking at dinosaur bones without chasing kids. A museum date is a lot of fun without kids.
Pub trivia – are you and your partner filled with useless knowledge? Put it to the test at a bar trivia night. By the way, this was my very first date with my now-husband. We had a blast and I’d say that it turned out well overall.
Sports game – are you and your spouse both sports fans? My husband and I have seen quite a few baseball games together. One day I hope to go to one without the kids.
Brewery tour – here in Colorado there are so many breweries to visit. Even if you aren’t in the micro-brew capital like we are, there still may be a small brewery to tour.
Wine tasting – no breweries or you’re more of a wine person? No problem. Go to a wine tasting with your partner.
What do you and your partner like to do on date nights?