Technology is pretty amazing, isn’t it? I mean, think about it. We live in a time where if we miss someone, we can instantly contact them via text or social media or anything. That wasn’t the case even 10 years ago. Heck, I remember spending many of my teenage years warning people NOT to call me until after 9 (or else I’d go over my minutes and get in trouble!)
But I think a lot about my husband’s grandparents when I think about this topic. My husband’s grandfather was a game warden, and his grandmother has said there would sometimes be as long as a week at a time without word from him.
I mean, they’re an awesome example of a strong law enforcement couple, because he passed away a few nights before their 76th wedding anniversary. Talk about commitment. But I can imagine it wasn’t always easy.
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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.
I love date night. I love the excuse to get all dolled up like I used to before we had kids, and I love having some quality time with my husband. It’s nice to feel like myself again, and not just “mommy”.
And the time and money investment pays off. After we go out on a date, a lot of the day-to-day irritations seem not so bad for a while.
But with my husband’s job, date night can get complicated. It’s hard enough to coordinate a time that will work for his schedule, but add in not only finding a baby-sitter but paying for one? Frustrating.
Especially because with my husband being a police officer, he’s not about to let me hire just any 12-year-old off the street. He has to size up the babysitters first to make sure they’re not secretly druggies or otherwise questionable.