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Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

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Mama Said: too tired for date night

By Kristen Howerton |

I’ve got some fun news to share: my friend Sarah and I are starting a weekly webcast called Mama Said, where we’ll be dishing about topics from parenting to periods. (Yay! Menstruation! Stay tuned for that.)  Sarah is a fantastic blogger (truly, one of my favorites) and also a good friend.  Today, we are talking about date nights.  Specifically, how much we suck at them.


Come on folks, don’t leave us hanging.  Are we the only lame wives who are too tired for date night?

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7 thoughts on “Mama Said: too tired for date night

  1. Annie says:

    Love the chemistry you both have :) Seriously, the day date would be awesome, if only Josh could get off work that much! It is such a struggle to get him home by 7pm. But the idea is a really really great one!

  2. Jenn T. says:

    Gah, NOTHING is working! My idea of an awesome night would be to have the kids leave, and then me and hubby actually get the house cleaned!
    Friday date lunches used to work pretty well for us. We still brought our daughter, but she would sleep and our other kids were in school. Our daughter’s getting too old, and my school schedule doesn’t really allow it anymore.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    What about Saturday or sunday day dates?

  4. Sarah G. says:

    We went to a movie the other night and it was dreadful. Great movie, but from the moment we left the house I only wished I could be in bed. Great idea for the day date. We will try it! Also, Sarah gets an F for expectations! Once a month is fabulous!! We probably go out 2-3 times a year, so we def’ly get an F overall.

  5. Lisa says:

    We get a big fat F in this department! My husband works until 6 and then has to do pig chores so there just isn’t time for a date night! When we do go out alone it is always with friends! Maybe someday we can figure something out!! My sister and her husband once a year bring her kids to my parents for a night or a whole weekend and they spend one night cleaning and the next night hanging out! Too bad the months fly b y so you can’t do that every month :)

  6. Rachel Matilda says:

    I think the relationship with our spouse is the most important relationship and foundation for the family. We make a point to spend time together out of the house at least once a week during the week and sometimes once during the weekend. I think this is a problem in a lot of marriages where we focus too much on our careers, blogging, friends, social media, and kids that we don’t put that much emphasis on spending time with the person we fell in love with or is supposed to be our partner. There is always going to be an excuse and you are always going to be tired…however you always make time for what’s important!

  7. Brianna says:

    We don’t do scheduled date nights, but we really should. I’m not so much concerned with horrible track records on date nights, but moreso being too tired for sex! you should talk about that!

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