I can’t tell you how often people have said that my husband and I should have a date night. However, the folks saying it rarely offer to come over and babysit.
Finding good childcare for any parent is difficult and costly. Babble blogger Yvonne Condes wrote an article on how childcare has impacted her relationship:
“… we do fine financially, it’s just that the babysitting money on top of the cost of dinner and a movie makes us stop and think. Can we afford to spend that kind of money to have an uninterrupted conversation over a meal?”
And that’s exactly how I feel about date night! Having a child with special needs requires supervision around the clock, but finding appropriate childcare is always a challenge. Because my parents help with after-school care, I don’t like to ask for weekend help so that I can have dinner and see a movie with my husband.
So instead of a weekend date night, we have day dates during the week.
Having a day date doesn’t require a babysitter because our son Norrin is at school. We don’t have to worry about making reservations anyplace or movies being sold out because everyone is at work. It’s perfect for us!
It doesn’t matter what we do or where we go. Any quality, kid-free time together to connect as a couple will feel as exciting and romantic as strolling down the streets of Paris.
Here’s how my husband and I spent a recent date. Perhaps it will inspire your next date night!