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When you are married and a parent, especially to young kids, date nights often get put on the back burner. Add to that the demands of work and you might be asking, date night, what’s that? Trust me, I understand. If you’ve been reading Eat The Burbs for any length of time then you’ve probably read a few of my posts about committing to date night.

Parenting is rewarding and exciting and tough but let’s be honest marriage is all of those things too. If you’re anything like my husband and I then you probably make it a top priority to have fun with your kids, lots of fun! On the other hand, after a long week of work, chores, chauffeuring the kids and trying to catch up on sleep, all you both really want to do is cuddle and relax. Am I right?

As essential as it is to go out and have fun with your spouse, sometimes it feels super indulgent. Kind of like enjoying a King Size candy bar at the end of a week-long diet. You think about it all week and then enjoy it so much that you’re ashamed. Damned dating and candy bars.  Let’s not talk about the mom guilt that sets in when I have to arrange a sitter. *insert eye-roll*. Here’s why we do it anyway, despite my mom guilt craziness.

Dating is Fun

Even if it’s just for a couple of hours, you feel whisked away. You get to have time away from your busy everyday schedule to just enjoy your better-half.

Getting Dressed Up

Your yoga pants need a break. You probably don’t see the need to invest in a sexy new dress or stylish shoes because you might not get to wear them for a long time. However, if you go on dates more often that new outfit or pair of shoes is totally ok, right? At least that’s the reason I’ve given myself in the past. J

Chicago Suburbs Date Ideas

Something.  Try something you enjoyed doing together before you became parents. The first few times you do it will feel strange. At least it did for us. But it will totally help you to relax laugh and enjoy the moment. We love to dine out, so a nice lunch or dinner tends to be our go to. We also really enjoy:

  • Geeking Out on Anime
  • Wine Tasting
  • Traveling
  • Long Drives

Date your spouse

Date nights are well deserved treat for married couples especially those with kids. So try to fit them in. If you start to feel like they’re getting pushed further and further out then it’s time to make them a priority.

So, if you have been missing out on date night due to lack of time, make some time, stat!

This was fun to write, I’m totally thinking about doing a Part 2 to this and maybe including some of the places we enjoy. What do you think? Send me a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and let me know if you want me do Part 2. Thanks for reading!