Date Night Revisited
When you're knee-deep in diapers, bottles and bibs, when you haven't gotten four straight hours of sleep in what feels like forever, when most of your conversations seem to happen in baby talk, it's easy to forget that things like “date night” ever existed. It can be hard for new parents to find time to be together as a couple, to enjoy those simple kid-free evenings that you once took for granted. But it's important for your relationship -- and your sanity -- to take time away from the daily grind and just have some fun together! Plan some couple time to keep that spark alive. Here are a few easy ideas:
- Have an at-home game night. Post-bedtime, break out your favorite games (board games, video games, computer games -- whichever type you both enjoy), fire up your favorite snacks and make an evening of it. Your objective: Laugh, a lot.
- Dust off the candles and cloth napkins, open up a bottle of wine, put on some soft music and have a quiet, romantic dinner at home. Dinner and a movie. It might not be the most original idea, but it's a date-night favorite for a reason. Find a sitter for a few hours and enjoy some non-cartoon entertainment together over a shared bucket of popcorn.
- Walk down memory lane. Can you recreate your first date? Do you have a favorite haunt that you haven't visited in a while? When is the last time you looked at those old photos from when you first started dating? A little nostalgia and a few favorite stories can make for a truly enjoyable night -- and can help you both remember what you love so much about each other.
- Get a little competitive. Bowling and mini-golf are "sports" that are a lot of fun to play even if you're not very good at them. And a little friendly competition can be a lot of fun!