Remember the days when we’d get paid a couple of dollars an hour to babysit the neighbor’s kids? I was 12 when I started babysitting, and was getting paid in change and snacks I’d take from the cupboard after the kids fell asleep. These days, local babysitters have higher standards and parents are more cautious. These are not bad things. I have three children myself, and there is no way I’d go out until midnight, leaving them alone with a 12 year old I hardly know anything about. Nor should a young teenager give up their Friday night for mere pennies.
Our kids deserve to be cared for by people we trust and who are getting paid a good wage. But that leaves us between a rock and a hard place, doesn’t it? If we’re paying upwards of $50-$75 for babysitting to go on a date with our partner, plus whatever the date out actually costs, that gets expensive fast! And sadly, not everyone has family or close friends nearby who are always able to watch their kids for free.
I have been married for almost 16 years. We have 3 children and have gone through a few of our own seasons where frequent date nights out just weren’t an option for us. So we’ve had to get creative throughout the years in finding ways to connect while staying in!
Get creative with these date night in ideas, or come up with your own! Just because you’re parents, and dating in the traditional way Is challenging, doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Most of these ideas take very little prep, and don’t cost a lot of money. What they do cost is your willingness to change your expectations of what dating “should” be. That is hard to do, but I promise, not as hard as feeling disconnected from your partner. Have fun!
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Rebecca strives to support others in building resilience, self-compassion, connected relationships and self-awareness. She loves to work with people who are ready for the hard work of inner growth and is passionate about helping others tap into their intuitive gifts and use them in this world.
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