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When you have three young children finding time to get out with your partner can be hard. There’s the whole thing that we have had the children close together, so it feels like we have had a baby forever, and I have never liked leaving them when they’ve been very small.
Then add in that actually asking anyone to look after three children is a BIG ask, Damian and I don’t get too many nights out. Pre-children we would happily head out for a drive and find somewhere to have a meal, or walk to a local pub for a bite to eat. Especially now that the spring nights are here there have been a couple of nights that, in the past, we might have gone for a walk and a bite to eat. We are pretty lucky where we live as we are close to so many lovely parks and of course the canal network and of course when we are out it’s good to know that the house is all safe and sound and, should something happen we are backed with appropriate home insurance.
I was watching this video earlier in the week and it got me to thinking just how much has changed and how, actually, I am quite content to stay in these days. I love winter nights curled up with the fire on and watching a good TV show. I also love those long summer evenings when we can sit in the garden and read.
I thought I’d share my top tips for spending time together at home – all too often it’s easy to mess around on phones or laptops (I’m guilty of this!) or get on with chores rather than spend quality time together.
1 – Find a good show to watch – Damian and I have a couple of shows that we watch together, House of Cards and Homeland being favourites of ours. Whenever we watch these we get a drink, turn the lights off and snuggle up together to watch the show.
3- Cook a meal for each other – maybe choose a theme/cuisine and one choose drinks and main and another do the starter and dessert. Sharing the cooking is a great way to spend time together
4 – Jigsaws – Probably not the ‘coolest’ thing to do but jigsaws are a great thing to do together and also allows for conversation. We generally have a jigsaw on the go and we store it in a portapuzzle so it’s safe from the children!
Of course staying in at night is pretty standard when you have children, but during the day we would much rather be out and about, especially when we get the better weather! There’s nothing better, for me, than the five of us spending time together.
Wherever we end up, at home or out and about, it’s just nice to spend time together without the distraction of phones and chores and jobs.
What do you prefer to do – head out or stay in?
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