Usually when you have children, your life, your priorities, your budget.... they all change dramatically. The younger your child is, the more expensive it all becomes: diapers, childcare, formula... and let's not forget the "price" of sleep and sanity! With all of those added costs (tangible and intangible), how can any parents justify the additional expense and hassle of date night?
For that matter, what really IS date night? Date night, like so many other things, is not as simple as it sounds... it's not just dinner, it's not just added expense or the annoyance of finding, scheduling, and training a sitter... it's an investment, a deposit, into your family's future and into the success of your partner's and your relationship. Without constant "donations" to your relationship, it will eventually lose funding and cease to be able to operate successfully.
Date night does NOT have to cost you a fortune! For the added cost of a babysitter, I'll sacrifice the number of stars a restaurant boasts from 4 to completely unrated... if need be (does McDonald's even have a rating?) If you're like me, sometimes I just want to get away... and I don't care where we go!
Cyndi's Budget-Friendly Date Night Tips
Now, I'm not implying on any level that the occasional date night will bring you back to the "hey babe" - "what's up babe?" stage (which frankly, we never went through and drives me nuts), or the-sitting-on-the-same-side-of-the-booth-like-moon-eyed-idiots phase, but coming together to remember why you chose to be together in the first place can only serve to aid in the success of your long-term relationship goals.
The ism that "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is no truer than in the case of leaving your kids for a few hours to do something you enjoy, something relaxing, only to come back to them to see them with a refreshed perspective and a clear mind.
And, as I always tell my husband, "Date night is cheaper than therapy!" ... although, I never said I was a "cheap date"... *wink*
Cyndi M. Frick
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