Once you have kids, your whole life changes. Your priorities shift and it’s easy to let your kids become your entire world. Your days become filled with caring for your children, your home, and your work. It’s all too easy to let your marriage fall to the background. After all, the time and energy it takes to be a parent has to come from somewhere.
Unfortunately, this isn’t something that happens over night. You put a little bit less effort in each day until one day you realize you haven’t put in any effort at all. If you are looking for a simple way to put energy back into your marriage again, then you have come to the right spot. Today I am going to share with you five simple and inexpensive ways to bond with your spouse without taking time away from your children. Let’s get started!
Have a movie night – A common date night idea is to head to the movie theatre and watch a feature film. However, that can be quite expensive these days between the cost of the tickets and snacks. On top of that, you’ll also have to pay for a babysitter (if you can find one). That’s why I recommend setting up an at home movie night for you and your spouse to enjoy. You can set it up after you put the kids to bed. This way you don’t miss out on any time with them. You can download a movie from a streaming service if you have one (Netflix, Amazon, ITunes) or you could head to your local Redbox to grab one for a small fee. Don’t forget to stop by a Dollar Tree to grab your favorite snacks for a great price! This inexpensive date night could easily be done for $10 or less.
Enjoy a game night – If you and your spouse have a competitive nature, then this date night would be perfect for you. This is the perfect time to pull your old board games off the shelf, dust off the box, and enjoy some friendly competition. If you don’t have any board games in your house, then you can usually find one for a great price at your local Goodwill. Alternatively, some people prefer a video game over the traditional board game. If that’s something you or your spouse are interested in, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to partake in each other’s hobby.
Cook dinner together – Everyone loves going out to a new restaurant to grab dinner. You don’t have to cook and you get to try food you don’t typically make. It’s a win win. Unfortunately, enjoying a nice dinner out can be quite expensive. For many families, it is unrealistic to eat a nice dinner out even once a month. However, that shouldn’t deter you from enjoying a nice meal with your spouse. Instead of dropping the kids off at a sitter and heading to a fancy restaurant, you will just bring the restaurant to you. Simply choose one night where you and your spouse cook a meal together. Try to make it a new meal that you haven’t cooked before. That way you two can learn something together. The key here is quality time. You can either make the kids a separate meal and cook yours after they go to bed or you can cook it together and eat it as a family.
Enjoy a workout – Couples who sweat together stay together. Is that even a saying? If it’s not, then it should be. One of my favorite ways to enjoy a date with my husband is to grab a workout together. These days you don’t even need to worry about a gym membership. Which also means you don’t need to worry about daycare costs. There are a lot of great at home workout programs for you to enjoy together. Try to select a program that meets both of your needs. Then, select a time of day that works for your schedules. Most couples find it best to work out before the kids get up or after they go to bed. Not only is this a great date night idea, but it’s also setting a great example for your children.
Make a bucket list – If you are a planner or a dreamer like me, then this date night is perfect for you. What’s the best part? It’s completely free! All you have to do is set aside an evening for yourselves after the kids go to bed. Then, pull out a piece of paper and start listing off bucket list items you would like to do together. Some things you might add are travel to Europe, build a house, or run a marathon. Writing out your dreams for your family makes for a wonderful bonding experience. Don’t forget to save the list so you can refer back to it throughout your life.