Advent Daily: Practical Strategies for Empowered Parenting: Date Night
December 3, 2016
Day 3: Date Night
Yes!! Just for the two of you!! One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is your loving and supportive relationship. When children see their parents in love, it provides them a tremendous sense of safety and comfort. It is one less thing they have to worry about! Also, it gives them the daily example of what a loving relationship looks like. How parents treat one another sets a tone for their children's future relationships. Don't we want our kids to be happily in love someday? And to find a life partner who will be supportive and caring and share their dreams and goals?
With schedules as busy as they are, it is easy to drop date night from the list of things to do. But, you need to make it a priority, and so, you need to schedule it. (I cringe to write this because it pains me to accept the reality of having to schedule EVERYTHING...) Write it on your calendar. Now. Go.
If your budget is tight, don't worry! Date nights don't have to be expensive. Taking a long walk together is a perfect example of a good "date." You have time to talk and enjoy each other's company. And, you are exercising and getting some fresh air! (and we all know those to be a good things).
Brainstorm some ideas with your husband and create a Date Night Bucket List
Take turns choosing the location or activity
Do something challenging together! Like a ropes course, or a 5k.
Keep a photo journal of your dates...your kids will love it someday!
Once a month is a great place to start. You got this! Go have fun. ;)
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