Before we had a daughter, my husband and I had a tradition that we would switch off planning our Valentine’s Day activity each year. These romantic excursions included a trip to Napa, fancy dinners, fondue, and lots of wine. Now that we have a toddler it can be a little more challenging to get out on a date night, but it’s important to still make time for them, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity.
The first step to planning your date night when you’re a parent is to find a sitter. There are many different ways to accomplish this. We have been fortunate to have family and friends who have been willing to watch our daughter most of the time, but we have also used a local nanny service to find a sitter before. There are many different apps and websites to hire babysitters through today. Some examples are Care.com, UrbanSitter, and SitterCity. Start looking early for a sitter, especially if you are planning a weekend date night or one for a popular day like Valentine’s Day. Some sitters will even talk or meet with you ahead of time so that you feel more comfortable with them before leaving your child alone with them. Once you find someone you like, make sure to keep their contact information handy so you can hire them again!
Once you found the person who will be watching your kids, make sure that you set them up for success. Planning ahead will help you enjoy your evening more, instead of worrying about what you may have forgotten. Here are 5 simple tips for making sure your sitter, your kids, and you have an enjoyable night.
Follow these simple steps and you will be out enjoying your date night with your special someone. Regular date nights are important for your relationship, and spending time with others helps your children build independence. So make sure to make these nights a priority! Happy Valentine’s Day, make sure to use the buttons on the left to share this page with your friends!
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Date Nights – A little slice of sanity for all the parents of the world. They are a definite necessity. As much as we love our little ones, we all need a break from time to time. On our last one the waitress asked if we were out celebrating anything in particular. We smiled and replied, “Four hours away from the kids.” Not sure if she understood, but I’m pretty sure all the parents out there do!