Mommy. Daddy. Daddy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Daddy. Does this sound familiar? I have 3 children aged 4, 2 and 1. These sounds are pretty familiar in our household. Alone time with my husband is hard to come by, but I have always had the philosophy after my husband and I married almost 8 years ago that we would always make time for ourselves. After having so many young kids, we have to get creative sometimes. It can take a lot of effort, but we think it's best to always stay connected and not be lost in our children. So, how do we do it?
The obvious answer is to hire a babysitter. Since we are fairly new to the area, we do not know many people, so this is not always possible. It can also get pretty expensive!
Since I am pretty cheap when it comes to this, I always try to enlist the help of my family and friends. With us, this can also be a challenge since our friends are all having children and our families live 2 hours away in different directions.
Since our friends are all having children, trade babysitting. One night watch your friends' children and then another night they can watch yours. This works out great because no money is spent and everyone gets to enjoy their evenings!
Set aside a few hours after the kids go to bed and stick with it. The time spent may even have to be on the weekend while the kids nap. Snuggle while watching a movie, take a walk or just sit outside together. Wake up early and have breakfast together without having to feed the baby, or scrambling around to get the kids ready for school.
No matter what, make sure you spend alone time together each week. The time spent will open communication and you will be able to enjoy each other without wiping noses, talking over screaming or picking up toys.
By Guest Blogger from Mommies with Cents