Monday, 21 October 2013

Do You Do Date Nights?

Ian and I have been married for over sixteen years and together as a couple for over twenty years.  Before getting together officially at 23, we were very close friends and had been boyfriend and girlfriend for a year when we were about fifteen.  So we have had a long relationship, spanning three decades!  We are clearly absolutely and undoubtedly meant to be together.

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When we got together at 23, I had two children which meant that we weren't able to 'date' with any wild abandon, spontaneity or freedom, so we quickly fell into enjoying time together at home and as a family. We skipped the bit where you go out wining, dining, clubbing or socialising.  It just didn't happen.  And as we went on to have three more children, we simply have never had the freedom or motivation to revisit the whole date night thing.  If we ever had the opportunity to go out, I always feel guilty about leaving the older kids babysitting and rush back home feeling stressed.  I think I've become a date-ophobe!!

Now Freddy is at school I don't think I can use him as an excuse to not go out once in a while.  He isn't a baby anymore.  I need to look at myself and at my relationship and give me and Ian the chance to rediscover each other.  I want to dress up to impress him and present myself as a woman who wants to spend some quality time together with her man away from the routine and comfort of home and family.  We need to start dating and get into the habit of doing things for ourselves as a couple.  Enjoying each others' company as grown ups and not just spending the evening discussing the kids and wondering if they are coping without us (which of course they will be, because they are great kids who are very why do I worry so much?)

Our third child is due to fly the coop next year, embarking on a life as a university student.  In a blink of an eye, the two youngest will be making lives of their own, going out, socialising and not needing to be 'mummied' 24/7 anymore.  There will come a point when it is just me and Ian...for the first time ever in our relationship.  We need to start building the foundations for this time in our lives, or there is a distinct danger of me being one of those mums who suffers from empty nest syndrome so badly that she ends up stalking her children and camping out on their doorsteps just to feel fulfilled again.  I need to redefine myself as a woman and not just as a mother, although being a mother to my five wonderful children is the role that I am most proud of and will always be a role that I cherish.

I was recently approached by Head and Shoulders offering me an opportunity to talk to a life coach, receive some pampering products and go on a date.  I jumped at the chance!  It sounds like exactly the sort of thing I need to break my non-dating cycle.  I commit myself 100% to blog challenges and this would provide the impetus needed to get pampered, glammed up, cast off my mummy guilt and enjoy a date with the man I love.  It could be the start of something good!

So, watch this space, because a new confident woman ready to hit the town with her husband, is about to emerge.  I'm sure that taking part in this challenge will give my confidence as well as my relationship a great boost and set us off on a new and exciting phase of our life!


  1. Ooh totally am up for date nights, sadly missing the last year, we always went out on a Wednesday once kids were able to fend for themselves. We make a rule to have a 10 minute rant each about anything that is stressing us, then we just talk about random, daft and complimentary things, no children talk we had all week to talk about them too.. Does not need to cost too much money, a bag of chips sat in the park is a great night. I know you and Ian will love it.

  2. OOHH exciting! Go for it lady :) I need to start doing date night with hubby, I miss being together sometimes, when we are so wrapped up in everyday life! x

  3. Wow! Wendy the challenge you have could indeed be the start of something good. I know just how much you adore you husband and family but you really deserve some "you time" and now you have the golden look forward to some quality time with Ian. I shall look forward to future blogs to find out the outcome of your golden opportunity. xxxx

  4. I love date night, we've been consciously trying to have more time together recently and make a point of dressing up and going to grown up restaurants and bars. It's a chance to just be us, a couple, not only mummy and daddy for a while. Sometimes we just get a takeaway and snuggle up in front of a movie too. As long as you are together, having fun and making the most of each other, that's all you really need!



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