“This was a nice change of pace.” My husband happily stated this. When? During a recent school day, we got to spend some time together alone. See once married with kids, it becomes increasingly difficult to date your spouse. I can attest to this.
But I can still recall when my husband and I were first started to date. Back then, we didn’t have a care in the world. I mean we certainly didn’t have children to be held accountable for morning, noon and night.
Recently, we both had the same day off work during the week. The kids were both in school. We were left with 6+ hours to spend along together during the daylight hours.
So, once again my first statement was in reference to how different, as well as how pleasant that this actually was.
See it was a long time coming.
During the baby years, one or both of our children were there during those days off. Same with the toddler years.
Then, the pre-school years may have allotted us an hour or two at the most alone if we were lucky.
But 6 straight week day hours, felt like we had won the date your spouse freedom lottery.
I honestly didn’t know where to begin or even what to do first.
Because date your spouse phenomenon simply is NOT an every day occurrence. See when you are parents to young kids, there is always someone there. There also always is something to be done, an event to attend together, chauffeuring to something or more.
But to have a quiet house without the kids home is quite frankly a rarity.
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So the concept of dating your spouse while the kids are at school is new to me.
But still am going to share some ideas that I brainstormed to help others date your spouse, too.
5 Date Your Spouse Ideas While the Kids Are In School…
1. Binge DVR and/or Netflix Watching.
This one is a no-brainer. Why? Because you can lay in your bed for half the day, while zoning out to catch up on your DVR’d shows or even Netflix binge watch. All you need is a comfy bed and pillow. What follows next is completely up to you. Just saying…wink, wink!
2. Go ahead clean up together.
OK, this might be stretching it. But let’s face it. Cleaning is hard to accomplish especially when the kids are around. Because as soon as you clean one mess up, they usually create another. So, cleaning while they are in school does make sense, even if it is not the most fun way to spend the time without them together.
3. Enjoy the lunch, brunch or even breakfast date.
Since ingesting a warm meal pretty much was taken off the table once kids came into the picture, going on a date alone together to enjoy a hot meal is honestly another perfect way to spend this alone time with each other.
4. Get your shopping on.
Most of the shopping that is done is usually torture when you have to drag kids with you. So, if you can get it done while the kids are at school together and spend some quality time with each other this is just a bonus.
5. Catch an actual adult movie.
Our movie viewing is very often overrun by kids and family type of movies. Therefore getting to go to an actual adult, rated “R” movie alone is a nice change of pace. Once again another fine way to date your spouse while your kids are most definitely in school for the day.
Now that I have paid it forward with my above dating list, I am hopeful that I will also get to try a few more of these out soon now, too.
How about you? Are you in the dating your spouse, while the kids are in school phase?