Regular Date Nights?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Regular Date Nights?
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Tue, 11-05-2013 - 8:22am

Many married couples have already discovered the benefits of scheduling a “date night” – carving out a few hours in the schedule without the kids -- and now the concept is getting at least one government’s official endorsement.

Norway’s new minister for Children, Equality and Social Inclusion recently urged that country’s parents to make time for romance as a way to head off divorce.

"It is important to find small pockets of time where parents can be lovers," Solveig Horne said last week, according toThe Guardian.

"In a busy life of work and family, the week can feel too short to attend to your relationship with your partner, so each couple needs to decide what sort of a date night they should have, whether it's a night at the movies or a walk together without the kids for a couple of hours.”

http://www.today.com/moms/be-lovers-norway-politician-urges-parents-schedule-date-nights-8C11518992

Do you feel like you get enough alone time with your partner?  Do you schedule regular date nights?

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 11-05-2013 - 12:45pm
Since our kids are older, it is no big deal to get away with out the kids. The also spend a lot of the summer away with family and summer camps, so those times gave us a lot of time alone. It does make things nice to just have alone time.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 11-05-2013 - 12:46pm
Since our kids are older, it is no big deal to get away with out the kids. The also spend a lot of the summer away with family and summer camps, so those times gave us a lot of time alone. It does make things nice to just have alone time.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 11-07-2013 - 10:52am
We go out one time a month on a 'date'. For years and years we didn't do this and I decided this year that it is important and that we needed to make it a priority. It's been fun and we look forward to it each month!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 11-07-2013 - 10:52am
Ramona- when your kiddos were younger, did you go out very often?

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 11-07-2013 - 11:31pm

Not super often, a few times a year.  My mom was always willing to sit the kids.  But they started going away to camp at age 6, so we usually got two weeks, then my parents would take them for 3 to 6 weeks On a vacation.  

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-17-2005
Tue, 11-19-2013 - 4:33pm
I know with my late husband, he used to "need" date night ... lol. The kids were always on me like white on rice and he was feeling unimportant and neglected. It was always unintentional, but once he voiced his feelings to me, we made sure to make time for "us". I agree though, it is very important. Keeping the romance going is so important. As a single dating parent now - I have "date night" once a week which is way more than I ever did with my late husband. Dates are obviously different now though lol.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 11-25-2013 - 11:10pm
Shari- SO glad to see you here. I've thought about you many times in the last year. How are you all doing???