Catch some couple time

Catch Some Couple Time

Some parents are lucky enough to have family close by, grandparents ready and waiting to whisk the kids off for a weekend while their parents luxuriate in the quiet of a child free home. Others of us are not so lucky and require a babysitter for even the smallest time alone. But with a little creativity each of us can get that much needed personal time with a significant other, even without hiring a babysitter, or involving nosy neighbors or investigative reporters. Here are a few dos and don’ts for sneaking in a few moments of alone time together:

Do

Try to spend a few moments together while kids are at activities. A parent doesn’t need to watch each and every soccer practice or ballet class. Most parents have taken this time for an occasional quick trip to the grocery store or other errand anyway. Why not spend a little of that time with your spouse?

 

Don’t

Don’t forget to pick up your child!

 

Do

Use TV for a babysitter, but use it judiciously. Most children watch some TV each week. Why not take advantage? Try to save your child’s TV time for when both you and your spouse will be home together.

 

Don’t

Don’t leave your child unattended in front of the TV for several hours. There is a limit for ignoring your child and the skipped meals may be cause for concern.

 

Do

Hit the gym. Many gyms offer free childcare as part of their services. Take them up on it and meet your spouse for a game of basketball, spotting each other on weights, or taking an aerobics class together.

 

Don’t

Don’t hide out in the locker room reading a magazine. Just kidding! You can hide out in the locker room reading a magazine if you want. After all, you’ve already paid the gym membership!

 

Do

Reinstate nap time. Even children too old to nap can take advantage of a scheduled rest time. Treat it with the same routine as you do bedtime. Then let your children know that it’s fine to play quietly in their rooms as long as they only come out for a trip to the bathroom.

 

Don’t

Don’t forget to let them know when they can come out of the bedroom.

 

Do

Do try to meet your spouse for lunch. If your children are school age, a lunch date is the perfect opportunity to grab a few quick moments together.

 

Don’t

Don’t abandon infants in favor of a lunch date. Soon they will be in school and this option will be yours for the taking!

 

Do

Enjoy an early breakfast together on the weekend. If you’re not too sleep deprived, try waking up extra early one weekend morning and indulging in a child free breakfast.

 

Don’t

Don’t make too much noise. Some children seem to have a sixth sense about when their parents awaken and even tip toeing around the kitchen might set off their ESP. In fact, breakfast out on the patio might be  what  nabs you the most free time.

 

Do

Take advantage of “Kids Night Out” programs. These are often run by activity or community centers or churches. Hours will vary but these usually have fun activities occasionally scheduled for children.

 

Don’t

Leave your kid with total strangers. Get to know the location and ask for recommendations before dropping your child off.

By following these simple tips, you too can gain some alone time with your spouse. Be sure to follow only the dos and not the don’ts to create a healthy environment for your marriage.

 

 

 

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