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How to pull off date night when you’re a parent

Forgotten what it feels like to be smitten?

If your idea of a candle-lit dinner is switching on a battery-operated LED candle during load shedding while the kids sit in their high-chairs flinging cold pasta off their forks at you and dad, then your proverbial flame might just be wavering too close to dim.

If your marriage is running dangerously low on the stuff that keeps the fire burning, it may be time to refuel and, make date night a priority, again.

Need help? We’ve got a few ideas on how to get back into the swing of love… Because, who says date night’s only for the fresh-faced (childless) romantics?

1. Love on a schedule.

The idea that you and your partner could magically manage to find the time (or energy) to do regular date nights seems a bit too far-fetched, don’t you think? So, whilst this is going to sound particularly weird - you’re going to have to consider scheduling date night until it starts to feel natural again. Remember, this is your new normal and, you’re going to have to work it into your current routine. Decide on a date that works for both of you, lock it in and send a meeting request to your partner.

2. Make use of all the free help that you can get.

Panic is setting in. Your first date night (in yonks) is just around the corner and, you’re frantically looking for a suitable but affordable babysitter. Calm down and, send the little ones to their eager grandparents, - or aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews. They’re all free and have the best interest of your kids at heart – and yes, there will be tears but, they’ll all get over it pretty quickly.

3. You’ve made it. You’re out of the house. You’re in the car. But, where to?

So, you forgot to plan the actual date? It’s okay, you’re new at this, remember? It’s probably going to take some time before you’re settled into the whole date night thing and, kicking it up a (few) notches in the date night department.

Let’s be honest – for the first few dates, the conversations are probably going to revolve around work deadlines, the kids and, daydreams about your next family vacation! But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t set the scene for a romantic Night Out For 2 – on a budget, does it?

Now, for the good stuff:

What if we told you that you can have it all for just R380? For the next 10 weeks, Montecasino’s Night Out For 2 promotion offers love-birds the chance to enjoy drinks, a two-course dinner, a movie and parking for two people at Montecasino’s newest and most popular restaurants – at a fraction of the cost.

For more information and T&Cs, visit www.tsogosun.com


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