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I Need a Date Night for Mother's Day

Dayna Scandone
April 30, 2014

According to Care.com's Mother's Day quiz, your perfect gift is a date night. Here are 5 tips for having a great date night.

Your perfect Mother's Day gift: a date night!

Your life has become your kids. You eat off their plates, drink their apple juice and put their needs first (like most great parents!). Being a parent is a full-time job, but sometimes the best way to celebrate that role is to take a break from all your parenting responsibilities.

When was the last time you had a special night out? Many couples sacrifice romance and alone time in favor of family time, but if you haven’t been on a real date in a while, Mother's Day is the perfect excuse to rekindle the romantic flames. Let your partner know you'll be hiring a sitter for Mother's Day because you two are going out on the town.

Here are five tips to make the most of your date night.

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  1. Plan Something Fun
    Dinner and movie is great, but can you change it up a bit? It's your special day, so let your kids and/or partner plan the actual date and be creative. Share these 101 Cheap Date Ideas and circle a few of your favorites to give them hints.

  2. Start Early
    This is your day Mom! You don’t need to limit your date to the usual 7-9pm window. Start the date in the afternoon with a scenic walk or a trip to a local museum. Remember a time before you had kids? You and your spouse could spend hours together doing anything you like. Recreate that sense of freedom and spontaneity with a few hours of fun before you sit down to a romantic meal (cooked and cleaned by someone else!).

  3. Find a Sitter
    But what will the kids do while Mom and Dad are out having fun? Call up your regular nanny or hire a date night sitter to come over. Have her plan some fun activities to do with the kids, so they get to enjoy the day too. To continue the holiday theme, they can make some of these 27 Mother's Day Gift Ideas.

  4. Dress Up
    Nothing boosts confidence like knowing you look great in a brand new outfit. Dig out, borrow or buy something you love to make this night feel more like a special occasion Ask your sitter to come an hour before your date, so you have time to get ready in peace.

  5. Take Photos
    Yes, sooner or later you'll have to return to your everyday duties, full of runny noses, busy schedules and messy finger paints. So take some pictures on your night out and keep them on your phone or desk. It’s a great memory -- and one you might recreate more regularly now that you have a babysitter in your contact list.

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