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How often should you go on a date if you are a parent?

Written by Lisa

Can you remember when your last date was? When you are childless it is common practice to go out at least once a week on a date or social outing.

Can you remember when your last date was? When you are childless it is common practice to go out at least once a week on a date or social outing.

Once you become a parent a night out becomes less common if they happen at all!  And we can all understand how this happens, we get tired, we get busy with work, we don’t feel like it, it takes effort to get organised, is it worth it? I ask you though, what is the risk of NOT doing date night?

It was refreshing to hear yesterday that one mum had made a conscious decision; once pregnant, to maintain her once a week date with her husband. Even if it was fish and chips on the beach, or a picnic lunch, it was their one on one time.

This has been ongoing for many years, including the addition of other children since. It is extremely obvious that their relationship is still on track and they are truly happy. It is easy to see their united parenting styles and respectful communications with each other. They appreciate what each does, and they support having time together and apart.

Does this sound like an unreachable ideal from where you are in your life now? I often read how people ‘drift’ apart, how people change, how partners don’t listen, how people want different things, that’s not what we signed up for, does it really have to be this way? I am sure if couples spent more time together then many of these situations may not arise. Time out together needs to be a priority allowing enough time to focus on your partner and be open and really listen to them and have time to express your own thoughts and have them heard.  To have a united front, to be happy, both of you being heard, will make for a better functioning and happier family.

This is not just about those in relationships. These ideas and strategies are just as applicable to single parents who also need to make time to socialise. It is proven that those parents that have a healthy social life benefit physically and mentally. It takes a conscious effort to lock in these times.

Do not put your ‘Date Night’ off any longer, open your diary, book your times and lock in a babysitter with Cherished Cherubs Babysitting. Phone the team on 0417 927 525,

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