Simple Ideas for Dates with your Honey

Photo by Stuart Miles
Sometimes we make a resolution that's really hard to keep - like having a committed date night every week with our spouse. Often time and finances get in our way of keeping this goal alive.
Dates with our spouse are very important! It has been said, "Our kids will one day grow up and move away, but our spouse is here to stay." So we need to keep our marriages alive!
Dates don't have to be time consuming and hard on the budget. Here are some creative and simple date ideas that we have discovered over the past few years.
Our Time - Specify a short amount of time one evening a week that is time for the two of you to spend just talking. You don't have to go anywhere or buy anything. We usually pick a time after dinner to spend 30 minutes together. The big kids are cleaning up the kitchen and someone is watching the little guy. We shut the door, sit on our couch, and talk about what ever is needed at the moment. It's nice to also share a chocolate bar for dessert while we talk. If it's pretty weather, we'll go sit on the front porch. If you only have little ones, pick a time after they are in bed. It's nice to know that you will have his/her undivided attention for at least a few minutes.
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Go for a walk - another free idea and includes getting some needed exercise. We have a long driveway and so several times a week when the weather is nice, we take a walk up and down the driveway. It's easy to walk and talk. We usually leave everyone busy in the house, but sometimes we put the little guy in the stroller and take him with us. When we didn't have a long driveway, we would walk around the neighborhood or go to a park.
Even a walk down a snowy driveway can be a nice date time. It's usually quiet and serene.
The local McDonald's - or any other simple fast food place - we don't actually eat there, but you can if you want. The point being a close place that doesn't require spending a lot of money. We live out in the sticks, so besides driving 45 minutes to a coffee shop, our next best choice is the local McDonald's. We order ice teas, find a table out of the way in the corner and sit and talk. It takes about 15 minutes to get there. We stay 30-45 minutes talking and then drive home. So, at most, we are gone from home 1.25 hours and have spent less than $5. We have older children that we can leave our little guy home with, but if you don't, find a friend to swap kids with once a month for an hour or so. It's worth it!
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Even a quick local desert shop is a nice, budget and time friendly option for a date with your honey.
You don't want to wake up one morning twenty years from now and realize you don't really know your spouse. Making the effort to find even a short amount of time on a regular basis to spend with your honey will be well worth it now and for the future.
Please share any other creative ideas you and your spouse have found for working in Date Time while also raising children.

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  1. These are such good ideas! I am not married yet, and I've always wondered how my parents were able to keep their relationship going when it seemed like they never went on any real "dates". I guess those car trips to the grocery store and walking the dogs really can keep love blooming!

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  2. These are such good ideas! I am not married yet, and I've always wondered how my parents were able to keep their relationship going when it seemed like they never went on any real "dates". I guess those car trips to the grocery store and walking the dogs really can keep love blooming!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I think you're right! And so cool to have that insight now, before you're married!

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