Date Night During Lockdown? Yes, You Can!
No grandparents? No babysitter? No problem.
All experts agree: date night is important for couples to keep their relationship strong.
But how to enjoy a “date night” when most restaurants and entertainment venues have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
Even more importantly, how can you even schedule a date night? Gone are the days when you could call a babysitter or cart the kids off to Grandma’s.
You might think you need to put your romance on hold until quarantine is over. But the reality is that keeping your relationship strong is more important than ever during stressful times like these.
Here are a few ways to keep romance alive.
Enforce Regular Bedtimes
Without the structure of school and work, it’s tempting to let bedtime fall by the wayside. But for your own sanity, continue to honor regular bedtimes. This grants you and your partner sacred private time together each night after the kids are in bed.
Another bonus: getting enough sleep can help make your family more resilient to stress.
When your spouse or significant other is also working at home (making them your “co-worker” of sorts), the non-stop togetherness can put a damper on romance. It can seem as if everything that goes wrong is his/her fault. Because let’s face it: there’s no one else around to blame.
But playing the blame game on a daily basis can quickly drain the spark from your relationship. Recognize that you’re both doing the best you can. If necessary, consider creating an imaginary third coworker who exists just for you to blame things on. Whether it’s accidentally leaving the milk out or playing music too loudly during a business meeting...Ghostly Coworker can take the blame for everything so you and your spouse don’t have to.
Go On a Date Without Leaving Home
No matter how long you’ve been together, experts agree that a weekly date night is essential to a strong relationship.
Even though you can’t leave the house, you can still enjoy a date night together with a little extra effort and creativity. Here are a few things to try.
● Get take-out and eat it by candlelight. Tidy up your dining room table, use your nice silverware, and do whatever else you can think of to give your home a “restaurant” feel. Don’t forget to dress up in something nice!
● Work on a new skill together. Check out an online ballroom dancing lesson. Or put on a YouTube video where the artist demonstrates how to paint a picture for a classic “paint night.”
● Enjoy a picnic in the backyard. A fancy picnic basket full of goodies, a cooler of your favorite beverage, and a comfy blanket or lawn chairs...and you’re good to go!
● Make your living room into a movie theater. Turn the lights down, the volume up, and make yourselves a huge bowl of popcorn. Then find a favorite movie to watch together.
● Play a classic board or card game together. Some of our favorites: cribbage, Scrabble, Pictionary, and Hand and Foot.
●Set Clear Boundaries And Routines
●Make a schedule and stick to it. That schedule needs to include time for just the two of you to spend together without interruptions. Most of all, if you have older children, make sure they understand that your bedroom is a private (off-limits) space.
●For room-sharing babies and toddlers, solutions for privacy do exist. One thing to try: a unique travel crib black-out cover, like SlumberPod, which gives your child a dark and private enclosed space to sleep while you keep the lights on (or candles burning).
No need to despair about keeping that romantic spark alive during quarantine. Even with kids at home, a little creativity is all you need.
Enjoy! Lou & Katy
Lou Childs & Katy Mallory
Lou and Katy are a mother-daughter team with a love for problem-solving and helping others. Their product, SlumberPod, is a quick-assembly canopy that allows your little one to have their own dark and private place to sleep — especially helpful when room-sharing or when nap-time conditions are not optimum. The duo launched SlumberPod in 2018 and appeared on the TV show, Shark Tank, in January 2020 — securing a deal with Barbara Corcoran. Learn more about Lou, Katy and SlumberPod by visiting slumberpod.com