How to Spend a Night Out Without the Kids

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As a parent, it can quickly begin to feel like you never do anything without your kids in tow. Date nights soon become a thing of the past, and meeting up with friends who don’t have children of their own is something that you may be doing less and less. In fact, you might feel like every time you do anything, it revolves around the kids – days out become days at the park, days at the beach are no longer for sunbathing but for playing beach games, and holidays are jam-packed of fun-filled things for little ones to do. And, although all of this can be huge fun for all the family, there comes a time when it’s necessary to take a break and give yourself a night out without the kids. Decide where you’re going, call the babysitter, and have a fun-filled, child-free night!

Choosing Where to Go

For many parents, a night out without the kids doesn’t mean going crazy. Worrying about children staying too long with a babysitter and not wanting to be too intoxicated when they return home means that many parents choose nights out that are still fun, but quite relaxed and sensible, too. Places such as this brewery in Niagara Falls are great choices for parents and non-parents alike, as there’s so much to see and do in the area and you can sit, relax and enjoy a cold beer with the view of the stunning waterfalls to take in.

Finding the Right Babysitter

The last thing that you want when having a night out without your children is to spend the whole time worrying about them and wondering whether or not they are OK. In order to make sure that you can truly relax and enjoy your night, finding the right babysitter for the job is imperative. Leaving your children with a trusted friend or relative who they know and see often is the best option, as you can be sure that your little ones will be well looked after and are with somebody who they know and love. Making sure that your kids are with somebody who you can trust to take care of them just as well as you would will give you peace of mind for the whole night.

Making Time for Each Other

When we become parents, it’s not unusual to spend less and less time with each other and more time with the children. After all, kids are very demanding, and require constant attention and supervision. However, for many parents, the lack of attention that they give each other when children come along can be severely damaging to the relationship. If you’re finding that you or your significant other are spending less and less time together, it’s time to make sure that you’re setting aside time for each other, without the kids. Making sure that you have a date night once a week or at least as often as possible will help to keep your relationship strong and make sure that you don’t drift apart.

Cheap Date Ideas

If you’re on a budget, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t still enjoy the odd night out without the kids. Date nights can be huge fun when done one a budget, and there are plenty of things you can do that definitely won’t break the bank. Even if your idea of a night out is more like a night in, hiring a babysitter or leaving the little ones with their grandparents for the night so that you can focus on each other and your relationship by doing something like watching a movie together, cooking dinner or even going for a picnic in the summer months can leave you both feeling revitalized after a well-deserved break.

Starting Early

The earlier you make going for date nights without the kids a habit, the better it will be for everybody involved. The first time that you leave your child with a babysitter or relative is likely to be a little daunting, and it’s normal for you as a parent to worry. However, as you get used to it, you’ll find that both you and your little one are worrying less and less as nights out and dates together without the kids becomes a regular habit. After all, it’s healthy for both parent and child to spend a little bit of time apart sometimes, and leaving your little one with relatives can also help to strengthen those family bonds.

You don’t have to go wild to have a great date night out without the kids, with plenty of different options to choose from.

Posted on by Crystal in Confessions of an Older Mom

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