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Date night can be hard to organize when you have kids. It winds up being a lot more expensive than when you were just a couple.
And is it just me, or did rates for babysitters go way up since I was a kid? I feel like I remember something about the going rate being half minimum wage. Now, it seems like everyone pays $10 an hour. Which is great for the sitters, but not so great for budget-conscious parents who just need some alone time.
Especially when your husband sees terrible things on a regular basis, babysitters become expensive, because you don’t want to hire just anybody. You want someone you can trust to keep your kids safe. An older, more experienced, more trustworthy babysitter is going to cost a little more per hour than your average 13-year-old.
We all know how important date night is to a marriage. Taking the time to be with your spouse, without the kids, to remember who you guys were before you were mommy and daddy? That’s an investment in the success of your relationship.
When your spouse is a first responder, date night can get complicated. Not only can your time together be a lot more limited in general, they can also be called out at a moment’s notice, cutting the date short unexpectedly. It’s hard to find dates that are fun but also flexible.