How Homeschool Parents Can Find Time to Date Their Spouse
Homeschooling can take a big chunk out of your day. On top of the lessons, you still have household chores, extracurriculars, and errands to keep up with. Let’s not forget about your spouse. Afterall, you two couldn’t do this homeschooling thing without each other.
All too often, we neglect our spouse because we do not end up having the time or energy after homeschooling and everyday duties. Your relationship with your spouse is just as important, actually more so, as your relationship with your kids! Here are some ways homeschooling parents can find time to date their spouse.
Fun Date Night In Ideas
We recently tried out a wonderful Faith Night In for a date night. We had so much fun and it was really nice to spend time in the Word together. It was a lovely but light study, some fun games and activities, and all without the fee of a sitter! See what was in our box in the video below.
Keep Busy to Free Up More Time for Date Nights
While your kiddos are busy reading books, how are you spending your time? Are you checking out social media on your phone?
What about while they are working on worksheets or doing computer work? Are you sitting at the table next to them, doodling until they complete their task?
Spend your time wisely by keeping yourself busy while they are working or playing independently. Get started on dinner in your Instant Pot, do the dishes, or even sit down next to the kids with a basket of laundry to fold. When you are multitasking during the day, you will have more time to spend with your spouse at night, after the kids go to bed.
And as a bonus, you can also start teaching your children how to help around the house so you aren’t doing it all by yourself! Let them learn how to do dishes, fold towels, put away their own clothes, change their beds, and clean their bathroom. Try adding a daily 30 minute Tidy Up to your school schedule as some extra home economics practice.
Wake Up Early to Spend Time Together
You’re probably already rolling your eyes at this one. However, waking up early and having one-on-one time with your spouse is an excellent idea. Have coffee together or just sit in bed and talk about the day. This is one of the best ways homeschooling parents can find time to date their spouse.
Try adding in a morning workout with your spouse or weekly breakfast dates. Make it easier by setting your coffee pot the night before.
Stop Trying to Have a Perfect House
While it is great to take pride in your home, it is okay to lower your standards of cleanliness a little bit. You have kids. Your house is lived in. It is okay to have handprints on the windows, and dust on the shelves from time to time.
The window washing can wait, and dust is not going anywhere, so when you are really needing a night out with your spouse, be less picky about your chores. Dust the ceiling fans every other week, instead of weekly, and let the dishes sit for a day. You can catch up with them tomorrow!
Just like you won’t always have time with your kids, you won’t always have this time with your spouse. Sometimes you just need to walk away and spend time with them. Make it a priority to spend time with your spouse. You need a strong supportive relationship, and your spouse needs you to support them, too.
Dinner or Movie Date Together After the Kids Go to Bed
Homeschooling parents have a lot going on. From teaching their kids to taking care of the house to making ends meet, it’s a tall order. Cook the kids a nice dinner and save yours for after they go to bed. Having a nice, quiet dinner together is always a great way to bond with your spouse. Make it a point to do this at least once a week.
Not a fan of late eating? Try a board game or snuggle on the couch to watch a movie. Make the one on one time a priority.
No one says homeschooling your kids and spending time together is going to be easy, but it is so very important. Someday, these precious kids will be gone and you will be left with your precious spouse. It won’t be fun for either of you if you don’t really know each other anymore. Making date night a priority is a must, especially for busy homeschool parents.
What is your favorite way to spend time with your sweetheart?