As parents it can be complicated going out on dates. If you are a new mother you may not feel comfortable leaving your infant one alone with another. Fast forward some years and you may find it difficult to even locate a babysitter, especially one you can afford. This is a new phase of life for you and your spouse. Long ago are the days of crazy late night romantic getaways, welcome to the world of stay at home date nights. As you search the internet for stay at home date ideas it may seem rather well, boring. Sure the ideas sound great but you may not be able to picture you or your spouse actually doing any of those things. Chocolate in bed? Don’t those people know you will have to clean that up? That’s yet another load of laundry! I mean really, who are those people? You and your spouse are exhausted from a long day at work and may even smell like baby throw up, not exactly the romantic evening Google has planned for you.
Tips For Actually Enjoying Stay At Home Dates
Take A Shower And Get Dolled Up
Its very tempting to either stay at home in the pajamas all day or to come home from work and get into your pajamas but the truth is if you were going out, you would put the effort into looking nice. Don’t forget the main person to doll up for is there with you. Take the time to impress them. But here’s the thing. There’s another reason this is so special. It will help you feel special. Whether you feel drained from being at work or you feel drained from caring for children, taking a shower is a simple way to refresh your body and spirit.
Clean Up The Bedroom
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing romantic about a dirty bedroom. You may not envision yourself with notebook style exotic adventures in the bedroom but I guarantee they will never happen if you are drowning your bed in unfolded laundry.
Put The Kids To Bed Early
This date night is about you and your spouse. Putting your children to bed an hour or 30 minutes earlier than normal does not make you a bad parent. As your children grow older they may even come to appreciate the effort you took to keep harmony in your marriage.
Go With The Flow
Let’s get real. Something is going to happen. A diaper may blow out, a kid may get sick, someone may have a nightmare. Life is unpredictable and not being flexible enough to go with the flow will do more harm to your stay at home date night then the unpredictable event itself.
I know, all of those online stay at home date ideas that you read talk about preparing a fancy meal but you are a parent! You are always in the kitchen and there is nothing special about that room. Dirty dishes, yes. Magical salads that make your man fall in love with you? Never seen one. Make these easy cheesecake stuffed strawberries or this crazy simple dessert but don’t go all out with fancy dinners that may get burnt with toddlers screaming and fighting over toy rights. Interested in more stay at home date ideas? Check out this post from the Frugal Mommas for ideas – Stay At Home Date Ideas For The Frugal Couple