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If you are married and have special needs children, you know that going out on dates poses many challenges. If your child's special needs are severe enough, you might not feel comfortable leaving them with anyone. Or, maybe your child's medical bills are so high, you don't feel like you have the money to go out on dates. This can cause a tremendous stress on a marriage.
I don't remember where, but I've heard that parents of special needs children have a higher divorce rate than those who don't have special needs children. No wonder... it's hard! Hard financially, hard to find time to work on your relationship, etc!
It's far too easy to get caught up in plopping down on the couch and watching TV until bedtime (I know I'm often guilty of that)... it's an easy way to unwind, but not a great way to connect with your spouse or make your relationship a priority.
Here are some ways you can date your spouse at home for free (or almost free) once your kids have gone to bed.
Take advantage of outdoor space.
I often feel like I need to get out of the house and get some fresh air. It's not always possible, though. Rick and I have always liked to go in our back yard at nights. If it's too cold, we'll bundle up and cuddle in a blanket. It's the perfect time for us to unplug, relax and connect without any distractions.
Play a game.
I know you've heard it before, but it can be a great at home date night! It can bring you closer to your spouse and add an element of fun into your day. If you want to mix things up, put something up for grabs... the winner gets a night off from doing dishes, maybe! Our favorite game to play together is Sequence.
If you both have a common interest, get a book from the library and read a chapter together each night (or as often as you can). If you're wanting to be better with your money, read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. If you're religious, read the bible together. It might not sound like a fun thing to do to connect, but I bet you'll be surprised if you gave it a try.
Cuddle in bed.
My favorite part of every day is when Rick and I cuddle and talk in bed at night. Sometimes it's the only time of the day we get our one on one time... even if we've been together all day. I can't stress enough how important it is to find time each day to connect with your spouse - to talk and check in with each other... you know that, but it's always good to have a reminder!
Once the kids are in bed, send your hubby out to grab your favorite treat or meal (mine would definitely be a cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory!). You can grab something from a restaurant, a treat from the grocery store, or heck, you could even make a treat together. There's something about good food and no kids that is romantic. Besides, I always love not having to share my treats with the kids... :)
Speaking of takeout...
I reached out to restaurant.com and told them about how hard it can be for special needs parents to go out. They have generously offered 2 of my readers a $50 Restaurant.com gift certificate! $50 there will go a long way since they offer such great deals!
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