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Back when Caleb was our only kiddo I thought it was hard to go out on date nights. He was a difficult baby and it was nearly impossible to leave him. I came up with creative dates to do at home
during the moments Caleb was sleeping so the spark didn’t completely die. Gradually, as Caleb got older and realized life wasn’t as horrible as he thought, we began to be able to get out of the house just the two of us again and it was glorious!Now that Josiah has joined our family the struggle to date one another is back. I’m so thankful that this time around our little one is so much more easy going and, as of now, goes to bed around 7:30, not 10… or 11… or midnight… With one little boy going to bed at 7:30 and the other at 8, Nate and I have plenty of time to spend the evenings enjoying one another’s company.
Our most recent favorite summer date night has been simply sitting on our back patio enjoying a meal together. Since we all know how hard it is to cook with a baby and toddler underfoot, I love picking up ready made dinners – like the chicken dinner meal you can get at Albertson’s. Picking up the meal and Gold Peak iced tea allows Nate and me to sit together for longer while our boys sleep.
Why is date night so important? As young parents it can be so easy to allow life to revolve around our kids. I’m sure if you’re a parent you know what can happen. You go day in and day out focusing on work, kids activities, playdates, volunteer opportunities, shopping, and so much more. The one thing that drops off is your marriage. Sure, it looks like things are ok but, in reality, you’re losing grip of each other’s hearts. You don’t know what’s going on in the deep places of your spouses’ soul. Your friendship wanes.
You can go on like this for your whole marriage if you don’t change things. It’s not necessarily a recipe for divorce or a death sentence for your marriage but it’s also not best. No one wants to wake up one morning and realize they no longer know the person they are married to. You don’t want your kids to leave home and realize your life is no longer intertwined with the one person who’s left – your spouse.
Do me a favor, today figure out a time in the next week when you and your spouse can spend at least an hour together – no kids, no technology, only talking. Play a game, go for a walk, have dinner, share a Coke. You’ll thank me for it!
What are you going to do this week with your spouse?