Mommy Time: 16 Real-Mom Reasons to Have Date Nights

Remember when you used to feel little butterflies in your stomach before a big date? Those feelings don't have to remain a distant memory just because you're married with children. Here are seven reasons why iVillagers think moms need to make date night a priority, plus 9 ideas for making it extra special.

7 Reasons to Make Date Night a Priority

My husband sometimes kids me about being a "cheap date" because I'm fine with a 99-cent Coke and a foot rub, but that's because my priority is not some wildly romantic time, but just some quiet time alone with him. I think sometimes that's where things go astray -- when one party expects a date to always be wine and roses when sometimes it's a Dunkaccino and watching the sunset from the mall parking lot. I wake up with a happy feeling on "date night" mornings, knowing I'll get to spend time alone with my husband that evening. And when I think of it during the day, I get that happy feeling all over again ... --iVillager Deb

If we don't schedule the time to talk about things other than the kids, we find ourselves doing what my husband calls "relay parenting" -- where one parent comes home to hand off the baton to the other. I also think it's hard for the parents of small children to realize that part of their job is to model what a good spousal relationship looks like and to show their kids that their marriage is important enough to invest some time and creativity. At some point, my kids will be grown and off to college, and I'd still like to have romance and flirtation with my husband. --iVillager Barb

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