Five Ideas for Dates When You Have Young Kids {That Worked for Us}

Some years ago I wrote a post on Dating Your Husband with Children. That was before we had our 3rd. Now that all our 3 kids are bigger, here are Five Ideas for Dates When You Have Young Kids that worked for us.

1. Movie night date in our living room. This is after hours, when everyone is asleep. Usually we end up just watching an episode of a favourite show. But once in a while we actually get to sit through a whole movie!

2. Lunch date. Since both of us work relatively close to each other, we go on lunch dates. We get to spend a couple of hours just the two of us.

3. Bicycle ride date. We haven’t done many of those. We actually went on just ONE bicycle ride just the two of us. But it is in the plans!

4. Salsa night date. This would only work if you have an older child who can babysit. Even in our case this babysitting happened for 1 hour while the over two were down for the night, and we were just 10 minutes car ride away.

5. Nap date. This is what we do sometimes during our lunch break – we pass out for a short nap! I love that Chinese schools usually have long lunch break where both children and teachers can go for a nice rest. So we take advantage of that.

Today is my husband’s birthday! So I dedicate this post to him!

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Dating your husband with children

How many families have an ongoing issue with “reviving” the romance due to spending all the free time with children? How many complain that they can never go on a date because of young children? As parents with young children and no family/babysitter have you been able to get out on a date? Most probably you will say “no”.

Well, good news for you is that you don’t have to wait till all your children are old enough to be left on their own – you CAN go on a date… with your children.

What is a date basically? It is a time two people spend together getting to know each other or indulging into a quality time to show each other more love and affection. I don’t see a reason why it can’t be done with your children around.

Here are some ideas for such dates:

1. A family picnic.

2. A boat ride on the lake.

3. A bike ride around an island, in a park or by the seaside.

4. A lunch/dinner in a fancy restaurant.

5. A surprise coffee invitation.

6. A surprise trip to the cinema.

How can you ensure it is still a date and not just a family outing? I really don’t think there is a way to do it. But!

Here are few things for you to keep in mind when you organize such a date:

1. Simply keep it in mind and don’t let occasional interruption to make you forget it.

2. To make it even more special, make a date invitation card stating place, time, theme and dress code.

3. Be flexible and try to relax- dating with your children can be tricky and a bit stressful!

4. Show each other more affection than usually – your children learn about relationships from you!

I love our little spontaneous or schedule dates/activities. It helps us spend more quality time with each other, brings warmth to our hearts and puts a smile on our face.


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